McCraw claimed Carroll County’s lone SWD Tournament title Saturday in Grundy by dominating the heavyweight division. The Carroll County junior started his championship run with a 4-1 victory over Grundy’s Alex Edwards in the semifinals. McCraw made quick work of Graham’s Tyler Barreras in the championship match as he pinned his opponent in 96 seconds.
With the victory, McCraw improved to 35-4 this season.
McCraw will be joined by fellow Cavaliers Nicholas Tobler, Aaron Willard, Jordan Lamb, Andrew Naff, Jared Hooper, Jonathan Snow, and Mickey Quesenberry in the Region IV Tournament, which is scheduled to be held Feb. 29-March 1 at Graham Middle School.
Tobler qualified with a third-place finish in the 145-pound division. His road to the region tournament began with a 9-2 quarterfinal victory over Marion’s Steven Lovelace. After dropping a 5-1 decision to Abingdon’s Jeran Nichols in the semifinals, Tobler bounced back by pinning Tazewell’s Cody Parnell and Lovelace to capture third. Tobler is now 17-15 for the season.
Carroll’s Willard also finished third in the 171-pound division. After splitting his first two matches, Willard defeated Graham’s Ben Gross 9-8 in the consolation semifinals. Willard cruised to a 10-2 victory over Richlands’ Eric Hess in the consolation finals. He is now 19-19 overall this season.
Lamb also qualified for regionals with a fourth-place performance in the 130-pound weight class. Lamb went 2-2 in the tournament, pinning Graham’s Caleb Cline in 2:37 and defeating Tazewell’s Tyler Crouse 12-4 in the consolation semis. Lamb is now 16-19 on the season.
Naff captured fifth place in the 135-pound division to qualify for the Region IV Tournament, while Hooper (140 pounds), Snow (152) and Quesenberry (215) all punched their tickets with sixth-place finishes.
Grundy captured the overall district tournament title with 305 points. Abingdon (175.5 points) placed second, followed by Richlands (169), Marion (144), Graham (102), Carroll County (85) and Tazewell (68).