By Anthony Militano
Jarom Shumway’s prep wrestling career ended on a disappointing note at the 3A state championships last weekend in Orem, but the senior can hold his head high.
Shumway and three other wrestlers grappled for Grand in the main event. Jimmie Johnson, 132-pound; Dylan Harrison, 152-pound and Jaymmin Hester, 182-pound class – all sophomores – made the trip. Shumway was the lone senior who qualified for the finals.
Shumway, 220-pound class, won the championship round 1 over a wrestler from Emery through fall in 4:32. Shumway lost the quarterfinal match in a 4-2 decision to another wrestler from Emery and also lost the consolation round 2 match to a wrestler from Manti in a 7-4 decision. Shumway was the only Red Devil to score points for the team, picking up four points for Grand. He had a record of 45-11 his senior season.
“I wrestled my sophomore year, then I didn’t do it last year so I could focus on school, because my junior year was a hard one. Then, I came back this year,” Shumway reflected. Shumway earned 30 team points in the divisional tournament and was a highly ranked seed going into the state finals. Interesting fact: going into the state finals, Shumway had won more matches than any other grappler in his 220-pound class and he had wrestled in more matches than anyone in his class.
Shumway has a personal style. “I kind of like to give it a minute or two to figure out what they like to do and just keep in mind ways to counter that as I figure out ways to take them down,” he said.
“Jarom definitely worked hard in the [training] room this year and it has paid off,” assistant coach Donald Cotton said. “Jarom is having a good senior season. He did well in football. He had a good wrestling season, and he’s set up now to have a good track season because he worked so hard in the wrestling room.”
Carson Whitney, 113 pound and Chris Thompson, 145-pounds, failed to advance to the state finals due to illness. At one point in the season, Whitney was undefeated. Whitney will be a senior next year and Red Devils fans await his return to the mat. Thompson also is a highly capable wrestler and a gifted all around athlete.