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Grapplers eye bigger things next year / March 04, 2020
The Bluestone wrestling team made big strides during the 2019-20 season and coach Troy Moore expects that trend to continue as the grapplers prepare for next year.

Moore noted that Bluestone sent three wrestlers — Neil Clayton Jr., Hudson Moore and Landon Lyles — to compete in the VHSL Class 2 State Wrestling Tournament, a first for the program. Clayton, who was the 220-pound state champion in 2019, finished as runner-up this year.

Hudson Moore had the biggest jump in success from last season, earning a spot at the state wrestling tournament. Landon Lyles had the most wins this season with 24, and freshmen Donnell Vaughn and Kevin Price both gained invaluable experience.

“We have a solid group of young men coming back next year going into our sixth season as a program,” Moore stated. “Next season we’ll have the most second- and third-year wrestlers we’ve ever had. Neil will be impossible to replace but the talent coming back is exciting.”

Moore said the growing success of the program hinges on partnerships. One of those valuable relationships is with Bluestone Middle School.

“The returning talent is directly related to the partnership we’ve had with the middle school administration the past couple years.”

“It’s impossible to find success in this sport without a good practice partner,” Moore concluded. “Each wrestler was just as responsible for their teammate’s success as well as their own.

“This season was a huge success. We had the most state qualifiers our school has ever had. We also had the most eighth graders we’ve ever had participate this season.The men and woman that wrestled this year displayed true character and dedication not only to the sport but to each other. Wrestling takes years to master and getting younger student athletes involved early is very important.”

Following are season results for the team:

Name Yr Weight W-L

Blake Bohanan 8 106 6 14

Jamar Tinsdale 8 126 3 3

Zach Simmens 8 220 4 6

Jason Boyd 8 285 0 3

Kevin Price 9 120 12 20

Demarcus Nelson 10 126 3 6

Elijah Dennis 12 138 3 3

Donnell Vaughn 9 145 14 10

Landon Lyles 11 152 24 15

Dravion Nelson 10 160 15 23

Jasmin Nunez 11 182 1 2

Hudson Moore 11 195 18 16

Neil Clayton Jr 12 220 23 3

Jason Terry 12 285 11 5

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