Jim King sends us these photos from Hidden Valley Youth Wrestling, and a report from the group’s recent tournament.
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And now, the wrestling report:
Jefferson Forest Wrestling Tournament
It’s the dawn of a new season and as the sun rose and gleamed. Scraping off the frost from the windshiedls knowing that this new chapter in Hidden Valley Youth Wrestling (comprised of Hidden Valley, Cave Spring, Mt. Pleasant) and a new chapter in life for this year’s first time wrestlers, for the others who have journeyed down this road, another day begins. Hidden Valley Youth Wrestlers journeyed to Bedford, Va to participate in the annual Jefferson Forest Wrestling Tournament held a Forest Middle School on December 6, 2008. Veteran wrestlers as well as rookie participants made quite an impression for the first tournament of the season.
Elementary School Division
Allen Young a 4th year, wrestler took first 1st place with an impressive outing and most notable feats on the mat were wins against an EC Hilltopper by pin and a 11-0 victory over a Brookville Bee opponent.
Jon Alouf 2nd year, captured the gold medal with a pin victory over a Franklin County opponent and then out pointing his last 2 opponents 8-4 (Smith Mountain Lake) and 12-5 (EC Glass)
Nicholas McGuire 2nd year, placed 2nd in the 66-68 lb class division.
Nick lost the initial round 11-3 to Brookville Bees, but then rebounded in the later round to defeat some Jefferson Forest opponents.
Carter Glenn 2nd year, placed 2nd in youth 72lb class division. Cater started off strong in the early rounds with a 5-1 win over a Brookville Bee grappler and then by pinning a Jefferson Forest opponent. A later 13-4 to Smith Mountain Lake would take Carter out of gold medal contention.
New Elementary School Wrestlers
The freshman class for Hidden Valley Youth Wrestling would not disappoint their peers in their inaugural tournament.
Kale Doolan and Noah Bushman appeared the most relaxed on the mat. Both wrestlers “take no prisoner” style made it difficult for their opponents to react.
Doolan won his first 2 matches (against Liberty and Smith Mountain Lake) with 1st period pins. And his last opponent (Franklin Co) by Tech Fall 18- 2 in the 2nd period. Noah Bushman aggressive style led him to pin his opponents in short order and win a gold medal.
Cole Cowher 1st place won all three of his matches in high scoring back and forth matches. All of his matches went down to the wire and at the end Cole was the winner.
Jack Cowher won two of his bouts with pins and another on points to take 2nd place.
Isaac Chitwood won the first two matches out of the three he wrestled. He earned a 2nd place metal at the tournament.
Zach Long had a good start to the season with a 2-1 start which was good enough to take the silver medal.
Logan Puckett placed 3rd in a tough 6 man bracket dropped his first couple of matches to more experienced wrestler but later came back to take the bronze medal. Kiel Cook finished outside the medals after a tough day of wrestling..
Middle School Division
Mason Dermont 3rd year, took 1st place in the 83-85 Middle School Division. Mason had a pin in the 1st period against his opponent from Jefferson Forest, then won a 6-1 decision against a Linkhorne Middle School wrestler and in his last match he scored a technical fall against a Big Orange opponent from Charlottesville.
Justin McGuire 2nd year, 2nd place in 98-103 lb middle school class
Round 1 Won 10-5 to Smith Mountain Lake
Round 2 Won 5-0 to Liberty
Round 3 Won 2-1 to Jefferson Forest
Round 4 Lost 5-0 to Jefferson Forest
Round 5 Won 10-0 to Jefferson Forest
Cody Shelton 3rd year, 3rd place
Brandon Wells 3rd year, finished outside the medals.
2 other Hidden Valley wrestlers elected to attend the Christiansburg Blue Brawl on the same day in Christiansburg, VA., b
Ryan Eubank 4th year, was 1st in 85lb weight class,2 pins and 1 tech fall 17-2, 2nd place in 90lb div with 1pin and 1 tech fall 16-1
Lee Pritchard 4th year, wrestled the 85 to 90lbs and placed 1st for the gold. Lee won the 1st match 7-2, 2nd match won by pin and the 3rd match won by pin.