The Louisa Lions’ wrestling team opened 2019 with a trip to Spotsylvania High School to participate in the Spotsylvania Duals tournament on Jan. 5. The Lions finished sixth in the tournament with a record of 2-3.
The Lions opened the tournament with a match against Mountain View High School. The Lions struggled against the Wildcats throughout the match, falling 48-19. Junior Zion Villines snagged an 11-3 major decision win in the 120-pound division, while senior Ben Froschauer (170 pounds) won his match with an overtime pin. Freshman Nick Torbush and sophomore Anthony Ciotola won matches by decision in the 138- and 126-pound divisions, respectively.
The Lions faced equally stiff competition in the next round. Facing off against Riverbend High School, the Lions fell 63-18. Froschauer and freshman Stephen Dean (160 pounds) scored pins for the Lions, and junior Logan Yancey (285 pounds) won by forfeit.
The tide turned for Louisa in their third match, which saw them facing regional rival Courtland High School. The Lions scored their first win of the day, defeating the Cougars 40-33.
Villines and Ciotola opened the match with back-to-back wins for Louisa. Villines scored a pin while Ciotola won with a 12-1 major decision to put Louisa up 10-0. Seniors Kyle Alberts and Cameron Hornsby also added pins for the Lions on their way to the win.
With a record of 1-2 over the first three rounds, the Lions were placed in the consolation bracket for the final two rounds of competition, meaning the best they could hope for was a fifth place finish. Their first opponent in that bracket was Clover Hill High School. Alberts, Dean, Froschauer, Hornsby and sophomore Haden MacDougall all won by pin in their respective bouts, while Ciotola tallied a 14-4 major decision to give Louisa a 58-16 victory.
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Jan. 10, 2019 issue.
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