It will be a big night of wrestling in Daleville tonight as both Lord Botetourt and James River High Schools participate in Botetourt County Youth Wrestling Night at LBHS.
Glenvar will also be involved, and the Highlanders will open the night by wrestling James River at 6 p.m. A special â€śSanta Clausâ€ť match will follow, then Lord Botetourt will wrestle Glenvar. A Senior Recognition is next, and the night concludes with the featured match, Lord Botetourt against James River.
â€śAll Botetourt County youth wrestlers will get in free,â€ť said LB coach Chuck Burton. â€śSanta may be making an early appearance as well.â€ť
The Cavaliers are coming off a strong showing in the Turner Ashby Holiday Classic last weekend in Bridgewater. LB finished fourth as a team with Warren County winning, followed by Liberty of Bealton and Poquoson.
â€śTo finish fourth in this tournament is a testament to the hard work these young men have put into practice and to my assistant coaches for the work they do day in and day out,â€ť said Burton.
Luke Young, now 17-0 on the season, was the champ at 160. He won in impressive fashion, pinning his way to the finals and major decisioning Jordan Patterson from Brookville in the finals. Nick Young, Hunter Sell, and Jacob Brown also made the finals, but all finished second.
â€śThey all wrestled quality matches and put up great efforts against very good opponents in the finals,â€ť said Burton. â€śIt will make them better in the long run.â€ť
Jesse Hanson finished third at 285 in his first tournament action of the season.
â€śJesse is a big boost to our program and it was good having him back on the mat this weekend,â€ť said Burton. â€śHe battled through some sickness to post a third place finish.â€ť
Jacob Booth finished fifth in a very tough 182-pound weight class.
â€śHe wrestled some quality matches this weekend as well and is improving each time out,â€ť said Burton. â€śHe’s trying to learn a little different style of wrestling after making a 30-pound weight class jump from last seasonâ€™s 152 weight class.â€ť
James River competed in the Madison County tournament last weekend. No results were reported.
After tonight both teams are off until holiday tournaments the last weekend of the year. River will host a tournament on December 30 and the Cavaliers will be in the Big Orange at William Byrd on December 29 and 30.
Also, both LB and James River will be in the â€śCavalier Classicâ€ť wrestling tournament in Daleville on Saturday, January 6.