Local Wrestlers Find National Success

Bayne Gordon and John Borst. Photo credit Bud Gordon

Two local wrestlers represented the Shenandoah Valley well at the 2012 2012 NHSCA U.S. Open wrestling tournament on July 7th.   Bayne Gordon won the in the 95 pound middle school division to claim a National Championship, and John Borst took third place in the 127 pound middle school division.  Bayne and John are teammates, both wrestle for the Millbrook Madmen and the Gettysburg Gladiators wrestling clubs.  Bayne attends Johnson-Williams Middle School, and John attends Robert E. Aylor Middle School; both boys will be eighth graders next year.

Gordon said “I have attended this event for the past four years and it has been my goal to win a national title; it was nice to work hard and finally achieve the championship.”  On his friendship with Borst he said “John has been wrestling with me for years and we go to most of the same tournaments, it is nice to have a friend rooting for you every time in your corner.”

The US Open Wrestling Tournament was hosted at the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and has been held for the last sixteen years.  Hundreds of wrestlers from over fifteen states from California to Alabama represented their home states and clubs in pursuit of a national championship title.


  1. Clarke County Annie says:

    Great representation indeed!
    Way to go Bayne and John!

    • Huey Gordon says:

      Way to go guys! Wrestling is a super commitment. Your perseverance says a lot about each of you. Congrats! UB

  2. gtsally says:

    Proud of you Bayne!

  3. Right Winger says:

    Groovy Baby!! Way to go, Bayne!!!

  4. Wow, way to go Bayne!

  5. Tammy Lanham says:

    Great job Bayne and John!! And congrats to your great coaches as well:)….. and to all JWMS students: you are SO lucky to have such a super wrestling club in Clarke County! Dedicated students AND coaches ~ a great opportunity to stay fit when football season ends!