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Louisa wrestlers make noise in holiday tournaments

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 5:00 am

Zion Villines grapples with an opponent at the Stephen Altorfer Memorial Tournament at Mountain View High School.

The Louisa Lions wrestling team closed out the 2018 part of their season at the Battle at the Bridge tournament on Dec. 28-29 at Woodbridge Senior High School. Louisa’s wrestlers faced stiff competition as they competed against athletes from more than 30 schools.

Junior Zion Villines brought home Louisa’s highest place finish for the day, coming in fourth in the 120-pound division. He garnered a 6-2 record for the day with one pin.

Senior Cameron Hornsby placed fifth in the 285-pound division, scoring three pins and finishing the day with a record of 5-2.

Senior Austin Mills finished sixth in the 152-pound division with a record of 3-2, and freshman Owen Greslick finished eighth in the 106-pound division, scoring two pins on his way to a 3-3 record for the tourney.

Though he didn’t earn a place finish, senior Kyle Alberts was 3-2 for the tourney, with all three wins coming by pin.

“Overall, our top wrestlers had a decent showing,” Lions’ head coach Ryan Almond said. “There are definitely some things that we still need to work on but I am seeing great improvements after each tournament.”

Stephen Altorfer memorial tournament

The Louisa Lions headed to Mountain View High School in Stafford on Dec. 21-22 to wrestle in the third annual Stephen Altorfer Memorial Tournament. Louisa was well represented on the podiums at the end of the tournament, with five Lions earning place finishes.

Louisa had a pair of second-place finishers for the day. Zion Villines (120 pounds) and Kyle Alberts (182 pounds) came just short of the top spot in their respective divisions.

Villines opened his tournament with a 15-4 major decision win over Nicolas Lorenzo of CD Hylton High School. After scoring a win by decision in the quarterfinal round, Villines pinned Nansemond River’s Andrew McDougal in the semifinals. From there, he advanced to the championship match against Christopher Lee of Brooke Point High School. Lee edged out Villines in an 8-4 decision to claim the top prize.

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Jan. 3, 2019 issue.

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