Seven Albemarle and Orange wrestlers win Conference 16 titles

While most everyone in Conference 16 was already set to advance to the Region 5A North tournament because of the conference’s four-team size, Albemarle and Orange County both locked in and posted strong performances at the tournament Friday night at Orange County High.

Albemarle’s Lester Hernandez at 103 pounds, Jordan Grimsley at 126 pounds, Darius Corbin at 138 pounds and Jesus Lazo at 285 pounds won Conference 16 titles in their classes. With those four picking up championships, Albemarle powered its way to a second place finish behind Patrick Henry. The Patriots finished with 173.5 points while Patrick Henry had 180.

Orange’s Isaiah Coleman-Combs at 120 pounds, Matthew Goodsell at 145 pounds and Bruce Schlegel at 152 pounds won Conference 16 titles. The Hornets finished third overall as a team.

The Region 5A North tournament starts Friday, February 14 at North Stafford High School.