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Baron wrestling tourney draws large field / December 11, 2019

The Bluestone wrestling program held its Lake Country Classic Wrestling Tournament on Saturday in Skipwith and welcomed 12 schools and numerous spectators to the day-long event.

This is the second year Bluestone has held the event and schools from as far away as Nandua and Maroin Senior, from the Virginia panhandle, participated. Other schools attending the tournament were Appomattox, Ameila, Cave Spring, Dan River, Fishburne Military School, Halifax, Maggie L. Walker, Nottoway, and Tunstall. The event started at 9:30 a.m. and concluded at 4:30 p.m., with the presentation of awards.

Bluestone head coach Troy Moore said the day was filled with a lot of good matches and some solid competition.

“The quality of wrestling really doesn’t get much tougher,” Moore said. “We had several returning medalist and a couple of former state champions in the field of wrestlers including our own Neil Clayton Jr.”

Moore said Bluestone did well in the tournament, though they could have done better. Moore noted that some Baron wrestlers from last season have put on additional weight which has caused them to change weight divisions and compete against wrestlers that are stronger that what they have been used to. Still, Moore likes what he’s seeing out of the team

“Even the wrestlers from last season had a tough day,” Moore continued. “Several of them gained 25-30 pounds so they’re wrestling guys that are much stronger than they were used to last year. Even though we lost a few matches that we should have won, I like where we’re at as a team.”

The Barons were led by 2018-2019 VHSL State 2A champion, Neil Clayton Jr, claiming the first place medal in the 220 pound division and Hudson Moore (182 lbs.) claiming the fourth place medal. Clayton was also voted the tournament’s “Most Outstanding Wrestler” and received the “Most Pins Award” for pinning all his matches in the least amount of time.

Moore stated that Donnell Vaughn (145 lbs.) had an impressive day. “He was probably in the toughest bracket of the day with some very tough wrestlers. We liked what we saw out of him Saturday though. Same thing for Landon Lyles at 152 pounds as well.”

First year wrestler Darvion Nelson continued to show growth adding two more victories to his record. All wrestlers competed in five matches throughout the day.

Moore said the success of the tournament would not have been possible without volunteers and additional business resources that support the team throughout the season.

“A big thank you to everyone who helped out,” Moore said. “We had a lot of people volunteer on a Saturday which isn’t easy. It was appreciate.”

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