Pair of wrestlers advance to states

Louisa wrestlers Zion Villines (left) and Owen Greslick will represent the Lions at the VHSL Class 4 state championship at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg on Feb. 21-22.

Two Louisa wrestlers scored a trip to the Virginia High School League Class 4 state wrestling tournament, bringing home first- and second-place finishes from the Region 4B championship on Feb. 14-15.

Owen Greslick went undefeated in the 113-pound division to earn the championship title. After receiving a bye in the first two rounds, he got down to business, pinning Huguenot’s Dominick Harris and Eastern View’s Aidan McCarton to advance to the championship match. He faced Wyatt Logan from Orange County for the title, winning with a 12-3 major decision.

Zion Villines finished second in the 126-pound division with a record of 2-1. After a bye in the first round, he faced off against Luke Wahlquist from Spotsylvania, winning with an 18-3 technical fall. An 11-3 major decision over Eastern View’s Blake Sheads brought Villines into contention for the championship against Powhatan’s Sean Hall. Hall got the upper hand, pinning Villines for the title.

This marks the second trip to the state championship for Greslick and Villines, who both qualified for the tournament last year and finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Though no other Lions earned a trip to states, Stephen Dean (182 pounds) and Austin Sims (220 pounds) each ended the day with 2-2 records. Dean opened his tournament with a pin over Lee-Davis’s Nolak Krause, while Sims won both of his matches with pins, defeating Courtland’s Tristan Stout in the first round and Patrick Henry’s Mark Outlaw in his third bout of the day.

The state wrestling tournament is at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg on Feb. 21-22. Action begins at 10 a.m. both days.

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