Lord Botetourt’s wrestling team won the Conference 31 championship. Photo by Sheryl DuVall

The Lord Botetourt wrestlers had a big day Saturday at Alleghany High School as they won the Conference 31 championship and had seven individual conference champions.

Botetourt put 10 wrestlers in the finals and seven came up winners. Senior Jake DuVall was named the Conference Wrestler of the Year and Chuck Burton was named Conference 31 Coach of the Year.

“I was really pleased with how the kids wrestled,” said Burton. “We had 10 of 13 weight classes entered in the finals. I was really thankful for Josiah Grooten and Hunter Fielder bumping up two weight classes for the team. Their loyalty to do that speaks volumes.”

Botetourt finished with 234 points, which was 39 more than second place Staunton River. Northside was third with 179.5, followed by Alleghany at 152, Rockbridge County at 105.5 and Magna Vista with 26.

Tyler Mann (120), DuVall (126), Ethan Young (132), Luke Young (138), Jacob Booth (152), Logan Poff (182), and Jesse Hanson (285) all won individual conference championships while Jacob Honaker (113), Jacob Brown (170), and Eric Reynolds (220) finished second. Hunter Sell (145) and Hunter Fielder (195) finished third and Josiah Grooten (160) finished fifth.

Ethan Young recorded his 100th career win in the final at 132. He won a 10-1 major decision over Nathan Kearns of Staunton River to hit the milestone.

Young’s win was included in a stretch of four straight championships for LB. After Jacob Honaker finished second at 113 the Cavaliers took the championship in the next four weight classes in a row.

This weekend the Cavaliers will compete in the Region 3A West tournament at Christiansburg High School. The tournament will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, then pick back up at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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