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Craig Leads Hill Grapplers at Bissell ’33 Tournament

At the conclusion of a wrestling bout, the referee holds up the arm of the victorious wrestler. In all but one of the 22 bouts that Jake Craig ’22 has wrestled this year, the referee has held his victorious hand in the air.

Craig continued his outstanding debut season in convincing fashion on Saturday, scoring two pins and a second period technical fall to claim gold in the 106-pound bracket of the Bissell ’33 Tournament. It is the fourth time this season Craig has won his weight class at a tournament; his overall record currently stands at 21 wins and just one defeat, which came to Sheldon Seymour of Troy High School, who is ranked third in the country in the 106-pound weight class.

The Norridgewock, Maine resident applied to The Hill after seeing the positive experience his older brother Cody, who was a post-graduate at The Hill in 2017-2018, had. Craig finished third in New England last winter, but was intrigued by the caliber of wrestling in Pennsylvania.

It did not take long for Craig to make an impact in a Blues singlet. He won all four matches to win the first tournament of the year, the Germantown Invitational, and he also has won his weight class in the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Invitational, and Howdy Duncan Classic.

Pottstown Mercury reporter Jeff Stover interviewed Craig at the conclusion of the Bissell ’33 Tournament – read Stover’s article here.

While Craig was the only Hill wrestler to win his weight class on Saturday, he was not the lone team member to reach the medal stand. Classmate Sam Beckett ’22 placed third at 138, Derek Schameling ’21 finished third at 195, and Will Henriksen ’20 claimed bronze at 220.

As a team, Hill finished in fifth place overall in the 14-team field. Malvern Prep won the team championship for the fifth time in eight years, and Malvern’s Nick Feldman was named the Outstanding Wrestler.

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