Jarom Shumway was victorious in the 220-pound class when the Grand County wrestling team competed at the USHAA 3A Division B Qualifier on Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday Feb. 2 at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.
Shumway, currently 44-9, earned first place in the 220-pound class and picked up a whopping 30 points for the team. Shumway got a forfeit in his favor in the championship round 1, won by fall in the quarterfinals against North Sanpete in :33, won by fall against Manti in :47, and finally won by fall over American Leadership Academy in 2:48, to take the title.
“Jarom has been working hard all year. He hasn’t missed a practice,” coach Dennis Wells remarked. “When you work hard and show determination, you can do great things. I think he did a great job.”
Chris Thompson, 145-pound and Carson Whitney, 106-pound, had a tough time at the 3A Qualifier. Both had a valid excuse. They were sick and made the Richfield trip to help the team.
Whitney, 34-7, won the championship round 1 match by fall over Richfield in :37. According to coach Wells, Whitney lost the quarterfinal match to Delta in 5:01 because he became ill in the middle of the match. Whitney later forfeited two consolation matches, but he picked up four points for the team.
Thompson, 36-11, won the championship round 1 by fall over South Sevier in 4:29. He lost the quarterfinal by fall to a wrestler from Morgan and lost the consolation round two match against another wrestler from Morgan. Thompson lost a 9-5 decision to a wrestler from South Sevier.
The 3A Qualifier was not kind to Thompson, but to his credit, he wrestled in all of the matches he was eligible for and sick as he was, he still managed to pull in six points for the team. Thompson was the third place point earner for Grand County, slightly behind Jaymmin Hester, 285-pound class, who earned seven team points.
“We’ve got less than two weeks to state,” Wells said. “We’re going to mix up the practices. We’re going to let them have a little bit of fun, but at the same time we’re going to work hard to get ready for the state championship. We have five guys who qualify.”
The 3A USHAA State Wrestling Finals will be at Utah Valley University in Orem on Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday Feb. 16.