Wrestling scores district win over Fluvanna

Quinton Wash, seen here wrestling in Louisa's season opening match against Goochland, was one of four Lions to score pins over Fluvanna on Jan. 21

The Louisa Lions wrestling team picked up a district win over the Fluvanna Flucos and faced a tough regional opponent in Dinwiddie in a pair of road contests.

The Lions traveled to Fluvanna on Jan. 21 to take on the Flucos. Louisa dominated early on and rolled to a 47-13 victory. After opening with a pair of wins by forfeit, Gianpaolo Ciotola scored a 20-4 technical fall over Emma Dillon in the 126-pound division to boost Louisa to a 17-0 lead. 

Kasey Casazza (138 pounds), Nick Torbush (145 pounds), Alex Bradford (170 pounds) and Quinton Wash (195 pounds) all pinned their opponents to add to Louisa’s lead. The Flucos scored wins in the 152- and 160-pound divisions. 

For head coach Roger Stewart, the true victory came not from the score, but in seeing how the team has been improving.

“It’s about the Lions showing that they’ve been doing their homework to get better each practice,” he said. “There were a few disappointments but it’s all about the composure, walking off the mat with your head high.”

The Lions took the momentum from that win to Dinwiddie High School on Jan. 22, taking on a tough regional opponent. Key losses late in the match gave the home team the advantage and the Lions fell 45-34. 

Dinwiddie got on the board first with back-to-back wins in the 106- and 113-pound divisions, but Owen Greslick and Ciotola tied things up with pins in the 120- and 126-pound divisions. 

Casazza scored an 8-0 major decision over Quentin Mankin in the 138-pound match and Torbush, Painting and Gavin Greslick (132 pounds) all put points on the board with wins by forfeit to boost Louisa to a 34-12 lead.

It was all Dinwiddie from there, with William Nunnally pinning Lawton Rowan and Oscar Cunningham picking up a 6-4 decision over Alex Bradford to cut the Lions’ lead to 34-21. Another pin and a trio of forfeits in the heavyweight divisions gave Dinwiddie the win.

“This was a very important dual match going into post season,” Stewart said. “As I’ve told the team, it’s not the score that counts, it’s the performance you’re showing. There has been some disappointment among themselves, knowing mistakes are always going to be around. It’s a matter of fixing it prior to your own match.”

The Lions will be back in action on Jan. 28 with a home match against the Albemarle Patriots. Action begins at 6 p.m.

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