RC Third Of 60

Youngblood, Sedovy And Allio Win Wrestling Titles

Facing fierce competition from five different states, the Rockbridge County High School wrestling team placed third of 60 teams at the ninth annual Ed Cressel Classic on Friday and Saturday at Virginia High School in Bristol.

The Wildcats, who had three individual champions, scored 158.5 points, only trailing Tennessee state power Cleveland (256) and North Carolina school Avery County (205.5). Rounding out the top five teams were Wirt County (131) and Grayson County (122.5).

“The guys wrestled well,” said RC head coach Aaron Bruce, who was pleased the Wildcats were the highest-scoring team from Virginia. “It was nice to see some competition outside our backyard.”

The Wildcats’ individual champions were Seth Youngblood (160-pounds), John Ryan Sedovy (170) and David Allio (285/ heavyweight). Bruce said all three wrestlers “looked great in the finals.”

Allio, a junior who improved to 30-2, won his fifth consecutive tournament. “Allio has been on a tear lately,” Bruce said. Allio pinned his way to the finals, where he defeated Marion’s Will Moss in a 4-1 decision.

Youngblood earned his championship by beating Richlands wrestler Jacob Puckett in a 3-1 decision in the finals. In the finals at 170, Sedovy overcame Virginia High School’s Gage Richards in a 5-3 decision.

Other Wildcats earning medals by placing in the top six were Hayes Tomlin (fourth, 182) and Justin Clark (sixth, 106).

RC was scheduled to travel to Spotswood for a dual meet last Wednesday, but the meet was canceled due to hazardous road conditions following last Tuesday’s snow.

The Wildcats will compete in a Valley District dual meet at Harrisonburg tonight at 6, and will travel to Christiansburg for the Big Blue Invitational on Friday and Saturday.