Wrestlers bring home holiday hardware

The Louisa Lions wrestling team closed out 2019 with a trip to Lee-Davis High School for the school’s holiday wrestling tournament on Dec. 21. The Lions were well represented on the podium at the end of the day, with five wrestlers finishing in the top of their divisions.

Sophomore Owen Greslick swept the field in the 113-pound division, going 5-0 for the day. He won all of his matches with pins, including one over Fork Union’s Jack McCall in the championship round.

Freshman Gianpaolo Ciotola also competed in the 113-pound division for the Lions. After scoring wins in his first three matches (two by pin, the other in a 7-4 decision), he faced McCall for a shot at the championship match. After losing, he made a bid for the third place spot, but fell to Midlothian’s Chris Lilly, placing fourth.

Senior Zion Villines brought home a second place finish in the 126-pound division. After receiving a bye in the first round, he won his first match with a pin to begin his push for the top spot. After picking up another pair of wins, one with a 19-1 technical fall and the other by a 21-10 major decision, he faced off against Powhatan’s Sean Hall for the championship. Hall got the upper hand quickly, pinning Villines in the first period to win the match.

Sophomore Alex Bradford (138 pounds) opened his tournament with a pair of pins and a 13-6 decision before a loss moved him to the consolation bracket. Now in the hunt for third place, Bradford scored another pin to advance to the third place match against Patrick Henry’s Justin Morgan. Morgan emerged victorious, with Bradford placing fourth.

Sophomore Nick Torbush (145 pounds) received a bye in the first round, then won his first two matches to get within one win of the championship before a loss moved him to the consolation bracket. A second loss cost him a shot at third place, but he won a 5-2 decision over Hermitage High School’s Ethan Bennett to finish fifth.

Freshmen Austin Talley (152 pounds) and Jacob Fifer (170 pounds) also competed for Louisa, though they didn’t earn a place finish. Talley ended the day with a 3-2 record, while Fifer was 2-2. All of their wins came by pins.

The Lions will be back in action on Jan. 4 when they travel to Spotsylvania High School for a non-district tournament.