The Louisa Lions wrestling team is hitting the mats with a new coach this season.
Ryan Almond, who wrestled for Orange County High School and graduated from Radford University last spring, spent part of last season as a volunteer assistant coach for Louisa’s wrestling team. He accepted the position as the wrestling team’s new head coach, in October, only two weeks before the season began.
“It was kind of hectic in the beginning,” he said. “It hasn’t been too bad, though. It’s not like we’re bringing in a whole new person.”
Sixteen wrestlers have come out to join Almond on this year’s team, including eight returning athletes from last year’s lineup.
Kyle Alberts, Cole Cutright, Ben Froschauer, Cameron Hornsby, Sidney Marsh, Austin Mills, Mason Morris and Nathan Schwartz were all on the varsity team last year.
Both Mills and Morris were among the seven athletes who represented the Lions at the Virginia High School League 4A state tournament last season. Morris earned a fifth place finish in the 126 weight class.
Mills, a junior, was the winner in the 120 weight class in his freshman year, but failed to earn a place finish last season.
“My goal is to go back to states and hopefully place again this year,” he said.
His plan lines up perfectly with Almond’s goal for the season which is to take several athletes to that level.
To read the entire story, see the Nov. 23 edition of The Central Virginian.