Packer wrestling places 15th at holiday classic

Published 10:20 am Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The Smithfield Packer varsity and junior varsity wrestling teams both took to the mat this weekend to start the season off at the Heavy Hitting Hammer Holiday Classic, sponsored by Deep Creek and Churchland high schools.  

The tournament was held Dec. 1-2 at Churchland High School and featured 35 teams from four states.  

Led by Head Coach Brandon Voros, a Smithfield wrestling alum, who assumed the interim head coach position during the middle of 2022-2023 season, the varsity team had two medalists and took 15th place.

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Nashuan Harden (120 pounds) placed fourth overall going 5-2 on the weekend, scoring three pins and one technical fall.  

Senior Ronald Davis (138. pounds) placed fifth going 4-2 at the event, scoring all four victories by pin. 

Falling one round short of medaling, senior Logan Neal (144 pounds) finished the tourney 4-2, scoring all his wins by pin.  

For the JV team, junior Nicholas White (144 pounds) took fourth place going 3-2 at the event, also scoring all three of his wins by pin.  

Varsity will return to the mat on at 6 p.m. Dec. 13  to host a tri-meet against Grafton and Warhill. Wrestling action will be in the Smithfield High School gymnasium.  

Spectators are reminded SHS has moved to a cashless process for purchasing tickets to high school athletic events. To purchase tickets, all spectators must go to the GoFan website to digitally purchase their tickets and print or show them on their phone to the ticket counter.

Packer varsity team members are: Zachary Fuller (freshman, 106 pounds), Doc Peterson (sophomore, 113), Nashuan Harden (junior, 120 pounds), David Gillis (freshman, 120 pounds), Blaine Reynolds (junior, 126 pounds), Ronald Davis (senior, 138 pounds), Logan Neal (senior, 144 pounds), Noah Nichols (freshman, 150 pounds), Jimmy Warf (senior, 157 pounds), Zavian Zellers (senior, 175 pounds), Henry Hinkle (sophomore, 175 pounds), John Obasun (sophomore, 190 pounds) and Andrew Shipman (junior, 215 pounds).

Packer JV team members are: Brady Guardia (freshman, 106 pounds), Brandon Warf (freshman, 113), Tyler Evans (junior, 120 pounds), Aiden Lovern (freshman, 120), Slater Merget (sophomore, 126 pounds), Jack Hoover (junior, 138 pounds), Timothy Sanders (freshman, 138 pounds), Nicholas White (junior, 144 pounds), Shane Hilton (jnior, 175 pounds), Jackson Dickinson (junior, 175 pounds), Andrew Ruppert (sophomore, 190 pounds), Ceyan Higgs (sophomore, 215 pounds).