The Lord Botetourt wrestlers finished sixth among 17 teams in the Big Orange Classic Wrestling Tournament at William Byrd High last weekend. Grundy won the meet and Franklin County was second.
“When I looked at the seedings, there were almost no wrestlers with losing records in the tournament from any team,” said LB coach Robert Haynie. “That tells me there wasn’t a weak team in the entire tournament. Grundy and Franklin County dominated but everyone else was good to very good. We competed about as well as we could at that level.”
Michael Jones remained undefeated at heavyweight with LB’s only Big Orange championship. He pinned Dustin Woods of William Byrd in the final in 2:51 to improve to 31-0 on the season.
Travis Hodges took a third place at 119 and others who placed included John Bucko (189) and Trey Toliver (152) in fifth and Seth Carlton (103) and Jesse Corl (171) in sixth. Bucko beat two wrestlers who had beaten him in prior matches this season.
“We were in fourth place until the Saturday morning rounds,” said Haynie. “I think we had four or five straight matches that we lost in the waning seconds by just a point or two. I am confident our guys will earn those precious points in practice this week and next. That is the most important thing you can learn from a tough tournament like this.”
The Cavaliers also wrestled William Byrd. “ One of the first things you learn as a coach at LB is that any win against Byrd is a good win no matter the sport or the records of either team,” Haynie said. “That win got more attention around here than a couple of big upsets we have pulled off this year against some ranked teams.”
This week the Cavs are at Alleghany tonight, Wednesday, and at the Knights Invitational at James River on Saturday.