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Orange County’s wrestling team got out to an exciting start Saturday, hosting their first tournament of the year that featured seven other teams, with squads getting five dual matches in a piece on four mats worth of action.
The Hornets won all five of their matches, beating Dominion 71-6, Courtland 64-15, Harrisonburg 65-6, King George 71-10 and a depleted Madison squad 70-0.
Madison won one of their five matchups at the tournament without most of their experienced wrestlers in the lineup. The Mountaineers topped King George 52-24, trading forfeits with the Foxes largely as Madison, due to injury and SAT testing, failed to field a wrestler in five classes.
For Orange, a deep, large team took to the mat and several wrestlers got things going. Senior Connor Nave went 5-0 on the day, winning four of his bouts by pin and the other by forfeit in the 171-pounds class. Ryan Almond, a sophomore, also had a big day with four wins including three pins. Zach Ryder bounced between the 145 and 152-pound classes and went 5-0 while Sean Raftery did the same at 152 and 160, going 4-0 in matches and picking up a forfeit.
Four freshmen, Tyler Kontakos, Antonio Murphy, Will Roberts and Isaiah Coleman-Combs also had solid days and picked up pins in their first outings as part of the Orange squad.
Madison’s Anthony Jewett, a state placeholder last season, went 4-1 for the tournament with four pins, dropping only his match against Orange, an 8-2 decision with Nave. Defending Region B champion Lynn Welch only had two actual chances to wrestle at 103-pounds, picking up forfeits in three out matches. He went 1-1 in the matches, falling to Orange’s Coleman and pinning Dominion’s Brandon Thien.
Mountaineers senior Danny Camunas went 3-2 at the tournament. Each of his last four matches lasted the duration and were decided by points. His opener was a pin.