Bluestone wrestler ends career as state championship runner-up

Bluestone senior Neil Clayton, Jr. standing with other State Championship winners.

Bluestone High School wrestling had 3 participants in the VHSL 2A State Wrestling Championship at the Salem Civic Center Feb 21-22. 

Landon Lyles 152lbs, Hudson Moore 182lbs and Neil Clayton Jr 220lbs competed against wrestlers across the state.  Landon and Hudson had very tough draws in the tournament but still wrestled very well.  Both Baron wrestlers were eliminated out Friday.  Neil Clayton Jr won his first match by way of pin in the 1st period. 

Neil was then paired with a previous State Champion in the Semifinals.  Neil won that match 2-1 with a last second takedown at the end of the match to advance to the Championship match. 

Neil was then paired with the same wrestler he wrestled in the finals last year.  In the Championship match, Neil lead late in the 3rd period but his opponent was awarded an escape point right at the end of the match taking them to overtime.  Halfway into the 1 minute period Neil was taking down, ending the match.  Neil loss 6-4 in sudden victory (overtime). 

Neil Clayton Jr. finished the tournament as the State Runner-up in the 2A 220lbs weight class.  Neil completed his wrestling career as a 2-time State Finalist and the 2019 220lb State Champion becoming a legend as a Bluestone wrestler and athlete. 

He will be greatly missed and we couldn’t be prouder of him.  Landon Lyles and Hudson Moore will both be back next season and ready to earn their spot at the state tournament again. 

Each year this program adds to its success.  This was a great season and we look forward to what may come of the 2020-21 Baron Wrestling season.   We’d like to thank Coach Jayson Cody.  Mr. Cody brought a vast amount of wrestling knowledge and experience including 4 years of colleague wrestling.  His leadership was the counter stone of the success our wrestlers had this season.  Special thanks for all the support through this season from our wrestling families, fans, communities and media exposure.  It is greatly appreciated.  Go Barons!