Local wrestlers punch ticket to state tournament in Region 3C wrestling

It takes a lot of work in wrestling to earn a trip to the state tournament — you get one shot on one day in the region tournament to finish fourth or better and grab a state tournament berth.


Several local wrestlers were up to the task Saturday in the Region 3C tournament at Liberty Bedford.


Fluvanna County vaulted four wrestlers into the state tournament, with Shawn Metcalf’s third place at 152 pounds leading the way for the Flucos. Jariq Henson, Aiden Valentine and Tyler Stoy each took fourth place at 126 pounds, 138 pounds and 160 pounds each.


Western Albemarle qualified three different wrestlers for the state tournament, led by Collin Castrina and Sam Duska finishing as the runner-up in the region at 126 pounds and 160 pounds respectively.


Castrina (20-4) won his quarterfinal match 7-0, then pinned his semifinal opponent from Spotswood before falling in the final. Duska won his quarterfinal 11-2, then edged his semifinal foe 3-2 and lost 14-5 in the title match.


Max Morrison finished fourth at 182 pounds to round out the Warriors’ trio of qualifiers while also picking up his 100th career victory.


Charlottesville qualified two wrestlers for the state tournament. The Black Knights got a boost from the lower weights with Aiden Lewandowski taking second in the region at 120 pounds while Pyi Khant took third at 113 pounds.


Lewandowski pinned his quarterfinal and semifinal opponents before falling in the championship match.


Local Top Six Finishers in Region 3C Wrestling

106: Max Tyree took fifth for Charlottesville

113: Pyi Khant took third for CHS, Thomas Warren sixth for Western

120: Aiden Lewandowski second for CHS

126: Collin Castrina took second for Western, Jariq Henson finished fourth for Fluvanna

132: Wyatt Dillon of Fluvanna took fifth

138: Aiden Valentine of Fluvanna took fourth; Xavier Castaneda of CHS took sixth

152: Shawn Metcalf of Fluvanna took third

160: Sam Duska, Western second; Tyler Stoy took fourth

170: Gabriel Story took sixth for Fluvanna

182: Max Morrison of Western took fourth

285: Alden Custer of Fluvanna took fifth