Lafayette senior Tyler Shaw surprised even himself a little bit with his performance in the Group 3A East wrestling regionals.
Shaw is the 3A East champion at 126 pounds, winning each of his four matches by pin or tech fall at the two-day competition that concluded Saturday at New Kent High.
“Actually I was really surprised,” said Shaw.
Shaw hadn’t seen the Warren County opponent he defeated in the championship round before Saturday.
“I just went after it,” said Shaw, “wrestled my heart out and came out on top.”
Shaw was eliminated in the regionals last season and didn’t qualify for the regionals in either his freshman or sophomore seasons. In fact, he only won once in his freshman campaign.
“He’s on fire right now,” said Lafayette coach Chris Wiatt. “Who knows, he might able to bring a state championship back.”
States are next Friday and Saturday in Salem. Shaw will be accompanied by sophomore teammate Kane Hurt, who finished fourth at 138.
Junior Griffin Hurt qualified as an alternate for Lafayette at 160.
Trey Drummond advanced to the state championships for Warhill at 113 and teammate Zach Cooper made it as an alternate at 132.
Bruton sends 3 to state championships
Three Bruton wrestlers advanced to the state championships in the Group 2A East regionals Saturday at Strasburg High School.
Sophomore Jason Callaham finished fourth at 138 for the Panthers, senior Alberto Boites was third at 195 and senior Jaquille Fyffe-Blair third at 220 to help Bruton finish eighth overall.
Sophomore Ben Marshall took fifth at 113 for the Panthers to qualify as an alternate.
3 make it from Jamestown
Caden Darber (126), David Matthews (138) and Travis Heatwole (170) of Jamestown each advanced to the Group 4A state championships on Saturday.
Darber finished second and Matthews and Heatwole each took fourth.