Lawrence wins title, MVP, Cummins a champ at Bristol

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BRISTOL –– Grayson County’s Will Lawrence ran his season record to 21-0 and was named the MVP for the upper weight classes last weekend at the sixth annual Ed Cressel Classic wrestling tournament at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den.

Lawrence, a senior and the top seed in the 152-pound weight class, pinned Tazewell’s Derrick Young, the fourth seed, late in the first period to take home the championship in a bracket with 27 other wrestlers.

After a first-round bye, Lawrence pinned Mason Lee of Cave Spring in three minutes, 35 seconds before reaching the championship semifinals with a 23-8 technical fall win over William Fleming’s Robert Henderson. In the semis, Lawrence needed less than 90 seconds to knock off Marion’s Ryan Marston by fall.

Grayson County teammates Brant Cummins and Will Anders also reached the championship finals, Cummins taking the 126-pound title and Anders finishing second at 120.

Cummins won the 126-pound weight class with an 11-7 decision of Matthew Farrar of Fishburne Military School. Cummins a senior, also entered as the top seed in his weight class and advanced to the semifinals with a 12-4 major decision of Seth Green of Sullivan East (Tenn.), followed by a win over Castlewood’s Noah Maxfield, pinning Maxfield as time expired in the first period.

Cummins scored another major decision with his 16-6 defeat of Patrick Henry’s Austin Farris in the semifinals.

Anders defeated Carroll County’s Brennan Vaught 9-1 to reach the semifinals, where he scored a third-period pin of Sullivan South (Tenn.) opponent Sam Buckland. Anders’ run came up one win short as Tennessee High’s Judson McCray took the title with an 8-4 win. 

Vaught battled back with four wins in the lower bracket to salvage a third-place finish, edging Buckland 7-5 for the bronze.

Joshua Spurlin of Galax also scored a third-place finish in the 132-pound class. The top seed, Spurlin pinned Virginia High’s Dalton Jessee and registered a 14-2 major decision of Fort Chiswell’s Cameron Woolridge before being upset in the semifinals, 4-2 by Tennessee High’s Logan Ferguson. Spurlin squeaked past Patrick Henry’s Isaac Wright 3-2 to take home third.

Three Carroll County wrestlers managed fifth-place finishes. Eli Busick defeated No. 2 seed John Coalson of Patrick Henry 9-2, Caxton Vaught claimed fifth with a third-period pin of Virginia High’s Lanz Geisler and Jaden Poe pinned Ryan Wimbley of Alcoa (Tenn.) in 46 seconds. Carroll County’s Elijah Caviness placed sixth at 138.