The Lord Botetourt wrestlers finished 13th in the state Class 3 wrestling tournament last weekend at Churchland High School in Portsmouth. Christiansburg won a 17th state championship as 39 schools scored in the two-day event.
Lord Botetourt had three boys place in the tournament. Senior Luke Young and junior Jacob Brown both finished third and freshman Nick Young took sixth. Hunter Sell, a sophomore, came up one win short of a medal.
“I am very proud of our young men that competed,” said LB coach Chuck Burton. “They had great seasons and the four guys that qualified put in a tremendous amount of off-season work getting better. I always tell the kids that this sport is a direct relationship as to what you put in is what you get out.”
Luke Young finished the season 48-2 and was undefeated prior to the regional. He won over 100 matches during his time at LB, ending up with a third place state finish at 160. He pinned Alex Whitley of Brentsville District in the consolation final in 3:52.
“His only losses this season came to the state champ in the regional tournament and the state runner-up in the semi-finals,” said Burton. “He will go on to do great things with his life and will be greatly missed by me and our team. He was a great leader on and off the mat and set the example each and every day by how hard he worked.”
Brown finished the season at 48-3. He won the consolation final at 170 by an 8-0 score over Kage Tomlin of Rockbridge County.
Nick Young finished 40-11 at 106 after a solid freshman year while Sell was 43-9 at 145.