Four RC Wrestlers Place In Top Four At State

Jonathan Schwab


Sunday, Feb. 21 – All four Rockbridge County High School wrestlers competing at the Class 3 state tournament placed in the top four on Sunday at the Salem Civic Center, giving the Wildcats their most state placers in program history. The Wildcats placed seventh of 30 teams.

Despite losing their quarterfinal matches, the four Wildcats bounced back and each won their next two matches to reach the third-place matches.

Placing third for the Wildcats was senior David Allio (285/heavyweight), while seniors Nic Marando (160) and Seth Youngblood (170) and sophomore Brice Hall (220) finished fourth.

Allio won his third-place match by defeating William Byrd’s Hunter Richards in a 3-1 overtime decision, scoring on a takedown to put the match away.

Marando pinned Christiansburg’s Kyle Keister in the consolation semifinals, but he lost to Fluvanna County’s Shawn Metcalf on an illegal slam in the third-place match.

Youngblood, last year’s state champion at 160, defeated Warren County’s Brennan Komelasky in an 11-3 major decision in the consolation semifinals, but he lost in a 3-1 decision to Christiansburg’s Jacob Baier in the third-place match.

Hall beat Skyline’s Chris Moin in a 3-0 decision in the consolation semifinals before losing to York’s Jordin Lennon in the third-place match.

In addition to Allio, Marando and Youngblood, the Wildcats will graduate Dacomha Dandridge (132) and Igor Lakićević (285/heavyweight).

For the full story and photos from the state tournament, please see our Feb. 24 newspaper.


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