Three Capital High wrestlers have committed to compete at the next level -- Shamus Bartmess, Jack Murphy and C.J. Snyder. Bartmess is headed to the Virginia Military Institute, Murphy will grapple for Williams College in Massachusetts, and Snyder is going to Jamestown University in North Dakota. Each was a four-time State Tournament qualifier, and all three were noted for their competitiveness and good sportsmanship.

This brings the latest total of Bruin matmen headed to college to four, with the earlier signing of Nick Kunz by MSU-Northern.

Bartmess was a two-time All-Stater. After finishing third at Divisionals this year, he placed fourth in the AA's 160-pound class at the 2017 State AA Tournament, while posting season record of 24-15. Bartmess compiled a career record of 68-79.

"Shamus is the hardest-working athlete I've ever worked with," CHS coach Jeff Mahana said. "We started training together since sixth grade. Shamus always led by example, being the first person to practice and the last one to leave."

Bartmess learned of his acceptance to VMI through an email, when the wrestling coach wrote, "Welcome to the VMI family." He will be a member of the Air Force ROTC, and may also compete in the shooting sports in addition to wrestling.

The son of Steve and Peggy Bartmess, Shamus carries a 3.65 GPA in the classroom.

Murphy posted a 24-10 mark this year at 152, with 12 pins. He placed fifth at the Bozeman LeProwse tourney, third at Divisionals and third at State. Murphy went 49-34 over his final two seasons, and was selected to the 2017 IR Wrestling Super Team.

Jack's parents are Pat and Beth Murphy. Williams College is getting a scholar-athlete in Murphy. He posted straight-As for his high school career, and will graduate Capital this spring with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

"Jack is the smartest athlete I've ever coached," related Mahana. "He worked relentlessly in the weight room to sculpt his physique to enhance his wrestling. Jack really took his his physical and mental preparation to the next level for his success."

Snyder placed fourth at Missoula's Beck Invite this year, and fifth at the State Tourney. He went 20-15 his senior season, with 15 staples. For his career, the Bruin strong-boy wound up at 61-66.

"CJ is a tough scrapper of a wrestler; he always went out and battled with every opponent without fear. And he led by example in the weight room and on the wrestling mat," coach Mahana said.

Snyder is the son of Steve and Chris Snyder.

Curt Synness is on Twitter @curtsynness_IR and can be reached at curt52s@gmail.com

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