Dual wrestling tournaments are about picking up a lot of matches in a short period of time, and with local teams trying to get as much experience as the sport marches through the postseason, the Western Albemarle Duals provided an excellent chance to do just that.
A pack of locals performed well in the tournament that Lord Botetourt won and the host Warriors took third in.
Three Western Albemarle wrestling each went 5-0, with unbeaten 106-pounder Jack Overstreet leading the way as he moved to 21-0 on the season. Overstreet had to shake off a tweaked shoulder to finish out the day unbeaten and pinned his opponent in the fifth and final match.
“In my third match I just overextended so it just hurt a little,” Overstreet said.
Collin Castrina went 5-0 at 113 pounds and Bryan Bradley went 5-0 at 195 pounds. Keegan Riley at 170 pounds, Beighley Austin at 126 pounds and Jake Jackson at heavyweight each went 4-1 for the Warriors.
Two Fork Union wrestlers posted 5-0 records — John Gritsko at 138 and Alec Schlink at 145. David Mattox and Tim Nyce went 4-1 while Emerson Mabry went 3-1.
Monticello had three wrestlers go unbeaten, with Jackson Perry at 113 pounds, Ryan Smith at 132 and Gary Vaclavicek at 170 each going 5-0. C.J. Houchens went 4-1 while Christian Means, Isidor Lacy, Andrew Watson and Julian Johnston.
William Monroe’s Jeremy Savoie, just a freshman at 120 pounds, went 5-0 to lead the Dragons, while Connor Redieske, Will Rupe and Quinten Morris went 4-1 for Monroe. Matt Jones and Alex Hoffman each went 3-2 on the day.
Madison County sophomore Christian Corbin went 5-0 for the Mountaineers. Madison also had three wrestlers go 4-1 in Marques Blakey at 113, Chase Ryder at 132 and Rodney Lewis at 195.
Louisa wrestlers compete at Handley tournament
Louisa County’s Mason Morris finished fifth in the state last season, and he put together a solid performance for the Lions at John Handley’s individual tournament over the weekend with a 4-1 mark and a runner-up finish. Austin Mills also performed well, pinning three wrestlers en route to a 4-1 record and a second place finish. Drake White went 3-1 with a pin and took fifth while Kyle Alberts went 2-2 with a pin. Cole Cutright finished ninth with a trio of pins and a 3-2 mark.
Two Covenant wrestlers win titles at Panther Invitational
Covenant wrestling’s Jacob Murrie is emerging as one of the state’s toughest wrestlers and this weekend was another critical step for the Eagles’ standout. Murrie, ranked No. 4 in the state at 182 pounds, rallied from behind to pin No. 3-ranked Will Smith of Episcopal to win the title at the Panther Invitational.
Freshman Michael Morales also won a tournament championship, beating Paul VI’s Simon Lee at 106 pounds in an 8-6 decision to clinch the title.
Blue Ridge wrestlers stack up wins at Randolph Macon tournament
Six Blue Ridge wrestlers picked up 10 wins between them Saturday at the Randolph Macon tournament.
Miguel Serrano took first at 120 pounds while Aden Britton and Amon Johnson finished as the runner-up at 220 and 285 pounds respectively. Nathan Santos rounded out the Barons’ performance with a fourth place finish at 170 pounds.