~ PVN staff report
STRASBURG, Feb. 11 — Two members of the youthful Page County High School wrestling team will travel to the Salem Civic Center this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18 in search of a state title.
After becoming the first female wrestler at PCHS to earn a spot on the podium at the Bull Run District tournament on Feb. 4, sophomore Kaylee Campbell took third place at the Region B meet last Saturday at Strasburg and earned a spot in the VHSL Class 2 Wrestling Tournament this weekend in Salem. Wrestling at 113 pounds, Campbell’s coach says the sophomore is performing at her best, at just the right time.
“Kaylee Campbell…once again is clicking at the right time,” PCHS wrestling coach Greg Martin said. “She made some more history at Page by being the first female to make it to the states.”
Page sophomore Jordan Hedrick, wrestling at 215 pounds, also took third place at the Region B meet and is heading to Salem this weekend.
“I’m so happy for them both,” Coach Martin said. “Jordan Hedrick… is heading to the states once again, as he qualified last year as well. I was proud of all my wrestlers, that all wrestled so tough.”
With the top three finishers at the Feb. 11 region meet qualifying for the state tournament, Page County saw three other grapplers come up just short on Saturday in fourth place — sophomore Mason Bennett (132 lbs), junior Nick Moore (190 lbs) and junior Josh Talley (285 lbs). Talley took second place at the Bull Run District meet on Feb. 4.
“I was really impressed with Mason Bennett. This kid wrestled like a champion, [and] lost by two points in his consolation finals match. He was so close to making it to the states,” Coach Martin said. “I can’t say enough about Nick Moore. He battled to the end and just missed making the state tournament. He lost a heartbreaker in the consolation finals match. Josh Talley, in his first year of wrestling, had a great season by finishing in fourth place.”
Two promising Page freshman — Michael Shifflett (138 lbs) and Gunnar Stanley (120 lbs) — both finished two slots away from qualifying for state with a fifth-place finish at region.
“Michael Shifflett, at 138 pounds, had the toughest weight class there, and wrestled his butt off,” Coach Martin said. “I was also pleased with Gunner Stanley and Elizabeth Ramos as they both wrestled tough and showed a lot of improvement, and both could be on the podium next year.”
Follow results of the state wrestling matches on the Virginia High School League website — https://www.vhsl.org/wrestling/ — or watch livestreams of the events on the NFHS Network at https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/