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Carroll County’s Drew McCraw barely missed out on another title in one of Virginia’s premier wrestling events, while Galax continued its team dominance during wrestling action last week.
Galax finished 3-0 in a five-team match in Hillsville, then won five matches without a loss to take the team title at the Shady Mania Duals in Shady Springs, W.Va.
Maroon Tide 140-pounder Jose Martinez claimed individual wins in all five matches on the weekend, including a pair of pins, while Josh Carlan (112 pounds), Mark Thomas (130), Trevor Jefferson (145) and Drew Bobbitt (215) all won four matches each, not including forfeits.
Chance Cockerham (189), Anthony Thompson (275), Alfonzo Quezada (125) and Marvin Karbowiak (160) each won three matches in Shady Springs.
Quezada was the lone Maroon Tide wrestler to go 3-0, not including forfeits, earlier in the week at Carroll County. Martinez completed the two events with seven wins, including five that went the full six minutes. Quezada, Carlan and Jefferson finished with six wins each in the two events, Carlan and Jefferson winning five each by pin.
Thomas, Cockerham and Thompson won five times each during the week while Bobbitt picked up four wins. Cockerham and Thompson picked up all their victories via pin.
The Maroon Tide improved to 22-5 in dual matches for the season after knocking off West Virginia opponents Shady Springs (51-27), Nicholas County (45-21), Midland Trail (48-27), Meadow Bridge (64-16) and Logan (66-10).
At Carroll County, the Maroon Tide knocked off Rural Retreat 40-31, Richlands 37-32 and Carroll County 66-12.
In the Carroll match, the Cavaliers got wins from Aaron Willard and Drew McCraw.
This past weekend in Christiansburg, McCraw nearly made a strong argument for his being ranked the No. 1 Group AA heavyweight in the state. Currently ranked No. 2, McCraw lost to No. 1 heavyweight Andrew Miller of Bassett 3-2 in the championship of the Christiansburg Big Blue Tournament. McCraw, a junior who won the Agie Skeens Memorial in Grundy in December, finished the Christiansburg tournament 4-1 and exited the event with an overall record of 34-4.
Benny Bolen, Jordan Lamb, Andrew Naff, Jared Hooper, Mickey Quesenberry and Willard all finished 1-2 in Christiansburg.