The Louisa County Lions wrestling team had a full slate of matches last week, taking on six teams across a series of tri matches.
The Lions started things off with a trip to Chancellor High School, taking on regional rivals Chancellor and Eastern View on Jan. 14. They faced stiff competition from Eastern View, falling 54-8. Owen Greslick (120 pounds) came out ahead in a 6-1 decision and Nick Torbush scored a 17-0 technical fall in the 145-pound division.
The Lions fared better against the home team, defeating Chancellor 43-27. Greslick and Torbush each pinned their opponents, as did Kasey Casazza (138 pounds), Tanner Painting (152 pounds), Alex Bradford (170 pounds) and Quinton Wash (195 pounds). Gianpaolo Ciatola scored a 13-1 major decision in the 126-pound division, and Daniel Leale eked out a 1-0 victory in the 132-pound division.
“Both teams were young and talented, and it was a matter of who wants it more,” said head coach Roger Stewart. “As a coach, I’m truly proud of how we pursued our mindset throughout the competition.”
The Lions were back in action on Jan. 15, heading to Powhatan High School for a tri match with the Powhatan Indians and the Prince George High School Royals.
The Lions faced tough competition against the home team, falling 63-3. Casazza picked up the Lions’ only win with a 3-0 decision over Britton Proffitt. Louisa fared better against Prince George, with Painting and Bradford each scoring pins. Greslick won the 120-pound match with a 15-0 technical fall against Michael Swink, and Casazza added a second win for the day with a 7-2 decision over Alex Noblin.
Louisa closed out its busy week with a district match against Charlottesville and Orange on Jan. 18. The Lions defeated the Black Knights 48-12 and battled through a tough match with the Hornets, falling 33-28.
Charlottesville picked up a couple wins early in the match, but Louisa’s wrestlers dominated most of the middle-weight divisions, with Ciatola, Casazza, Torbush, Painting, and Bradford all pinning their opponents as the Lions rolled to a win.
Against Orange, the Lions picked up wins early, with both Owen and Gavin Greslick pinning their opponents in the 120- and 132-pound division, respectively. Casazza scored his second pin of the night over William Pierce, and Painting picked up a 12-3 major decision over Stella Steigler.
The Lions travel to Fluvanna County High School to take on the Flucos on Jan. 21, then head to Dinwiddie for another regional match on Jan. 22. Matches begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday and at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.