Our first match, against Heritage H.S. from Lynchburg, secured a win with Tyler Medlin, Devin Wallace, and Quinn Griffith each winning by a pin. Cadets Max Hohimer and Chancellor Long endured the whole six minutes of tough struggle only to lose by a disappointing couple of points. Overall the score was 42-33.
Our next match, against Appomattox County, was touch-and-go as the team scores tipped repeatedly in each other’s favor. In spite of giving up 24 points due to forfeits, it all came down to the last match. Walter Thomas (his first pin this season) and Elias Hanson’s pins helped to close that gap, but unfortunately, we lost 36-33.
Those two matches determined the next pool of teams we would face and, as luck would have it, we were tied with another team. A coin toss placed us in the champion bracket with three other powerhouses. Amherst Co. seemed to be filled to the brim with experienced wrestlers as they drove us into the ground 57-18, with Hanson and Hohimer helping to reclaim some pride by securing pins.
Our last match was against Liberty H.S. out of Lynchburg, whom we have faced in the past, so we knew it would be a tough match. Hanson, Hohimer, Sebastian Richardson, and Guarino’s (first ever) pins helped retain some ground after losing one more spot due to a possible injury. And again, it came down to one match. Ultimately we fell 36-33.