Louisa grapplers move up to regional competition
The Louisa Lions Wrestling team competed in the Jefferson District Tournament taking home second place. The day started well for the Lions as they had 11 wrestlers in the semi-finals. After the semi-final round Louisa had seven wrestlers looking for a championship in the finals. After the third and fourth place matches were wrestled, Louisa entered the finals losing to the Fluvanna Flucos 170.5 to 160, with the Powhatan Indians far out in front with 189. However, the Lions crowned four champions on the day to take second place.
The Louisa County High School wrestling team consists of Ray Virts (front row, l to r), Noah Gallegos, Jordan Spotswood, Richard Gallegos, Gavin Tingen, Jeffery Sisk, Josh Sisk, Coach Dan Bono (back row, l to r), Alex Seay, James Cusick, Miguel Staples, Brian Comploier, Pat Henson, Dalton Marsh, DaVell Smith, Sean Alberts, Assistant Coach Jeff Alston.
Jeffery Sisk pinned his opponent, Logan Zimmerman of Fluvanna, in just 46 seconds to take home his first District Championship.
“I couldn’t have done this without the team and the coaches pushing us,” said Sisk. “Coach told us about Thomas Jefferson saying, ‘The harder I work, the luckier I get.’ I was thinking about that today.”
Richard Gallegos won at 126 after being runner-up at 120 last year.
“Being runner-up last year gave me a lot of motivation for this year,” Gallegos said. “It’s awesome because it’s just against the other guy, and you know you’ve accomplished something [when you win].”
Jordan Spotswood took home the 145-pound weight class title after being down 6-1 in the third and final period. Spotswood used four takedowns to force overtime, then another takedown in overtime to win.
“It felt pretty amazing,” said Spotswood said. “I knew I just had to keep listening to my coaches.”
Gavin Tingen rounded out the champions with his third-period pin over Colorado state qualifier Canin Ritz of Powhatan. Tingen also took home the Jefferson District Wrestler of the Year award.
“I was really surprised to win the award,” Tingen said. “I wasn’t even thinking about individual awards, just how well the team wrestled. I was so proud of them, they wrestled so hard, like a team.”
Also wrestling in the finals were Dalton Marsh (120), Brian Comploier (132), and James Cusick, each of whom took home second-place honors.
To read the entire story, see the Feb. 7 edition of The Central Virginian.