2018 Jefferson District Wrestling Tournament wrap-up

Albemarle's Brock Shorten picks up a semifinal pin. Photo by Bart Isley

Powhatan wrestling won four individual titles Saturday at Orange County in the Jefferson District wrestling championships, and in the process the Indians snagged the team title with 183 points, edging out runner-up Orange County 174.5.


The Hornets won three individual championships, with David Steigler winning at 138 pounds, Chance Bowers winning at 145 pounds and Riley Rudnick snagging the 160-pound championship. Josh Benner at 106, Jayden Joseph at 120 and Nicky Benner at 132 finished as the runner-up in their weight classes as six different Hornets advanced to the district final.


Louisa came in third as a team with Nathan Schwartz winning at 120 pounds, Mason Morris taking home the 126-pound title and Cole Cutright coming up with a victory for the Lions at 220 pounds.


Albemarle had a strong day with Brock Shorten’s championship at 170 and Donovan Berry’s victory at 195 pounds leading the way. Yared Velazquez at 126, Nolan Pitsenberger at 138 and Thomas Vales at 182 finished as the district runners-up for the Patriots.  

Charlottesville and Western each had one individual champion with Isaac Kenner winning the district title at 152 pounds for the Black Knights while Jake Jackson won the championship at 285 pounds. Western had runners up at 113 in Collin Castrina 160 with Cam Greene and 195 with freshman Bryan Bradley. The Warriors were banged up going into the tournament, missing key wrestlers like Jack Overstreet and Keegan Bradley in the tournament.


Monticello didn’t end up with an individual champion, but Gary Vaclavicek and Christian Means each advanced to the final and finished as the runner-ups at 170 and 220 respectively.


Powhatan’s Sean Hall at 106, Joseph McMillin at 113, Collin Gerardi at 132 and Jacob Moss at 182 pounds all won titles while teammates Jeffrey Hoyt at 145, Colby Cheatam at 152 finished as the runner-up in their class.


Fluvanna’s John Bland was the Flucos’ highest finisher in third at 152.