3 third-place finishers lead Smithfield at Class 4 state wrestling tournament

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Ray Nimmo, The Virginian-Pilot
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Three Smithfield wrestlers finished in third place at the Class 4 state wrestling tournament on Saturday at the Virginia Beach Sports Center.

Junior Evan Christoffer won his consolation final at 106 pounds with a 3-0 decision and junior Nik Voros won by pin in the 120 consolation final.

Senior Cameron Hatchett finished his high school career with a third-place finish at 145.

Hunter Ray (126) and Brady Stalls (160) placed fourth for Smithfield, which finished fifth in the team standings.

“We did very well,” Smithfield coach Tony Leonard said. “We were hoping for a little better in a couple weight classes but it didn’t work out for us. But overall as a team they came and did very well.”

With Voros and Christoffer returning next year, Leonard expects a strong offseason for the two at Slaughterhouse wrestling club as they vie for a deeper postseason run. Voros narrowly missed out on the final with a 3-2 defeat in the semifinals but Leonard is just happy the team could wrestle this season.

“They stayed focused and they stayed the course,” Leonard said of the juniors. “It just wasn’t in the cards today.

“We’ll do some travel with Slaughterhouse. They’ve supported us a lot throughout this season and I’d like to say thank you to those guys but we’ll get back in there, get back to work and give it another shot.”

Ray Nimmo, 757-446-2364, ray.nimmo@pilotonline.com