Josiah Grooten (right) of LB grapples with Trinity Otey of William
Byrd in the Big Orange Consolation Final.
Photo by Jordan Richards

The Lord Botetourt wrestlers finished fourth in the 19-team Big Orange Classic at William Byrd last weekend, and this Saturday the Cavaliers will host their own tournament.

The “Cavalier Classic” will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on the Daleville mats. It’s a 10-team dual-tournament and county-rival James River is also in the field. The tournament will use both gyms for a full day of team matches. Joining the two county teams in the tournament will be Lebanon, Blacksburg, Western Albemarle, Northside, Salem, Parry McCluer, Abingdon and Tunstall.

Admission fee is $8 for an “all day pass.” The championship match is tentatively scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Botetourt is hoping to wrestle well this week after a solid showing in the “Big Orange” in Vinton. Poquoson, a perennial state contender, won the tournament with 277.5 points, followed by Rockbridge with 155.5, Northside with 150 and LB close behind with 148. Franklin County was fifth with 128.

“Overall, we’re getting better each time out and that’s the goal,” said LB coach Chuck Burton. “It isn’t about where we are right now, it’s where we are in February and how we finish.”

LB had two Big Orange champions, Luke Young at 160 and Jacob Brown at 170. Young made it to the final with first round pins over Landon Church of Franklin County (0:54) and Drake Schaeffer of Liberty (1:28), then he earned a spot on the top step with a 15-0 technical fall over Wayne Donaldson of Pulaski County in the 160-pound championship. Luke is undefeated after 22 matches.

Brown had pins in the second round and quarterfinals, then beat Aladdin Elroumy of Liberty with a 17-1 technical fall win in the semis. In the championship round he beat Kage Tomlin of Rockbridge in overtime to improve to 20-1 on the season.

Nick Young and Hunter Sell both finished second. Young, wrestling at 106, had two pins followed by a 9-5 win over Caleb Linick of Roanoke Catholic in the semis. Nick lost to Trevor Wiggins of Poquoson in the finals and the LB freshman is now 17-3.

Sell reached the 145-pound final with three pins, including two in the first period, and a semifinal 13-2 major decision over Tanner Young of Franklin County. He lost to Jerze Webb of host Byrd in the final and Sell is now 20-2.

Josiah Grooten, at 138, and Jacob Booth, at 182, both finished third. Hayden Martin competed as a non-scoring wrestler at 160 and took fourth.

Following Saturday’s Cavalier Classic the LB wrestlers will compete in a quad at Patrick Henry on Wednesday, Jan. 10.