Wrestling coach Dean Hall really doesn’t like to lose.
Thankfully for him, he hasn’t had to worry about that much so far this season.
Thanks to an impressive showing by the Lions at their last two matches – a tri-match at home and a dual meet at James Madison High School in Vienna – Louisa’s record now sits at 9-1.
Louisa’s home meet against Orange and Benedictine on Wednesday, Dec. 18 was the Lions’ first home match of the season and carried tantalizing storylines going in. With the removal of the Jefferson District tournament, the matchup against Orange was ultimately an old-fashioned fight for bragging rights.
For Hall’s scheduling of Benedictine to join the two other schools, it was personal, because Benedictine is coached by none other than Hall’s younger brother, Ryan.
“That’s special,” Hall said. “Everyone kept talking about it, and I said that if I’ve got to love to anybody, it’s going to be my brother. He’s got a really great team.”
And while Louisa did lose to Benedictine 51-22, it is the Lions’ only defeat of the year. Consider the fact that the Cadets took third place in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association tournament last year, and the loss stings that much less.
Louisa wrestler junior Sean Alberts provided the first points for the Lions in the matchup versus the Cadets in his 11-1 win at the 182-pound level. Senior Miguel Staples also won his 220-pound match by a crafty pin in the first period. Staples improved his record on the year to 15-5, while Alberts, who Hall calls the most improved wrestler on the team, holds a record of 13-4.
Against Orange, Louisa looked like the dominant team they have been all year, easily coasting to a 57-24 victory. Sophomore Jeffery Sisk continued his winning streak with a first period pin, and his overall record this year sits at an undefeated 20-0. The most thrilling match of the night belonged to Corey Champion, who won the 120-pound match in the third period with a last minute escape that gave him a 7-6 victory.
To read the entire story, see the Dec. 26 edition of The Central Virginian.