The Louisa County High School wrestling team was well represented at the Virginia High School League Class 4 State Championship at Churchland High School in Portsmouth Feb 16-17.
Junior Mason Morris scored the Lions’ highest place finish, finishing third in the 126-pound division with a record of 5-1 for the tourament. Morris represented the Lions at the state championship last year, where he placed fifth.
He got things started with a 7-2 decision over Sherando’s Heath Rudolph before falling to Brandon Morales of Great Bridge High School.
Now in the consolation bracket, Morris began working his way through opponents, scoring two pins on his way to the third place match. In that bout, Morris found himself facing Eastern View’s J.J. Laird, who had defeated Morris in the Region 4B championship the previous week. Morris got his revenge with a 6-1 decision to take the third place title.
Junior Austin Mills, the Region 4B champion in the 145-pound division, also made a return trip to the state championship, representing the Lions at that level for the third consecutive year. Mills placed fifth in the 120-pound division in his freshman year.
Mills started things off with a pair of wins, pinning Samari Brogdon of Amherst County High School and scoring a 6-3 decision over Dominion High School’s Robert Creamer to advance to the semifinal round.
Mills’ hunt for the top spot ended in the semifinal with a loss to Ricky Ryan of Liberty High School in Bealton. Now in the consolation bracket, Mills defeated Monacan’s Ian Baker to advance to the third place match where he faced Jesse Alvarado of Great Bridge High School. A late pin gave Alvarado the edge and Mills finished the day in fourth place with a 3-2 record.
“Mason and Austin had really good tournaments,” Louisa coach Ryan Almond said. “They both ended up losing very close matches to the eventual state champions. It was heartbreaking to watch, but they still finished third and fourth.”
Louisa’s other placer, Cameron Hornsby (285-pounds), scored a pin over Deep Creek High School’s Terrell Bell for fifth place. Hornsby finished the day with a 3-2 record, including two pins.
“He showed that he could compete at the state level,” Almond said.
(This is a partial article. Read full story on page 12 of the Feb. 22, 2018 issue of The Central Virginian)