RC Fourth At Big Blue

Wildcat Wrestlers Stay Unbeaten In Duals

Led by six individuals who earned medals by placing in the top eight in their weight classes, the Rockbridge County High School wrestling team placed fourth of 34 teams at the Big Blue Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Christiansburg.

Facing tough competition from three states, the Wildcats scored 166 points. Host Christiansburg won for the sixth consecutive year, tallying 220 points, and Brentsville District (173) placed second. Eastern View (168) edged RC to finish third, and Washington (W.Va.) (161) came in fifth. The Wildcats moved up four spots from last year, when they placed eighth.

“We had another great weekend,” RC head coach Aaron Bruce said. “Christiansburg has been a perennial state powerhouse in wrestling over the last decade and it’s difficult to build a program that can enter that gym with confidence. One thing our sport teaches young men is to face their fears. As a coach, I’m proud to see our guys building the courage to passionately engage when faced with the fight-or-flight physiological choice in challenging life events.”

RC’s lone individual champion was junior David Allio, who improved to 35-2 in the 285-pound/heavyweight division this season. In the finals, Allio pinned Brentsville District’s Tyler Nix in 2:39.

Placing second for the Wildcats were Justin Clark (106) and Seth Youngblood (160). Clark defeated Auburn’s Devin Davis in a 5-1 decision in the semifinals before battling it out with Christiansburg’s Junior Policarpo in the finals, won by Policarpo in an 8-7 decision. Youngblood beat Christiansburg’s Jake Baier in an 8-1 decision in the semifinals, but he lost in a 3-2 decision to Eastern View’s Drew Shurina in the finals.

Other Wildcast earning medals were John Ryan Sedovy (fourth, 170), Hayes Tomlin (fourth, 185) and Igor Lakicevic (seventh, 285/heavyweight).

RC Dominant In Duals

The Wildcats defeated all three Valley District opponents at Harrisonburg High School last Wednesday to remain unbeaten in duals this season.

“We sent a message to our district competition with commanding victories over the three next-best teams,” Bruce said.

RC beat Broadway 54-24 before taking down Spotswood 42-27 and overcoming Turner Ashby 44-30.

As a makeup meet for the postponed duals from Jan. 8, the Wildcats will travel to Waynesboro on Thursday to take on Harrisonburg and Waynesboro at Kate Collins Middle School, starting at 5 p.m.

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