Cougars shine at region tournament

By DAVID GRAVELY

sports@southwesttimes.com

 

LYNCHBURG – Five Pulaski County wrestlers took the trip to Liberty University over the weekend to compete in the Region 4D championships. By the final buzzer, three of those Cougar wrestlers were Region Champions and heading to the state championship meet.

 

The first Pulaski County wrestler in action was sophomore Caitlin Davis in the 106-pound division. Davis (4-26) fell to Isaac Brown (11-9) of Carroll County by fall in her opening match. In her final match she lost by technical fall to Stephen Honeycutt (17-15) of E.C. Glass.

 

Junior Dylan Armes (28-10) came to the mat next in the 126-pound division. In his first match he defeated Steve Han (17-25) of Liberty Christian Academy by a 16-1 major decision. In the semifinals he pinned Christian Vance (21-17) of Blacksburg to advance. In the championship match, Armes defeated Chestley Hargrove (26-7) of G.W. Danville to earn the title.

 

Senior Wayne Donaldson (33-2) was the next Cougar in line in the 160-pound division. He stared the day with a 16-0 tech fall over Kyle Minnick (4-3) of Jefferson Forest. In the semifinals he pinned Darien Craig (34-15) of Bassett to advance. He went on to defeat Parker Hoden (21-17) of Amherst County in a 20-3 tech fall to bring home the second Cougar title.

 

Senior Joseph Ainsworth (12-14) took the mat in the 170-pound division next. After a first round bye, he fell to Josh Moore (15-17) of William Byrd by pin fall. Another bye put him against Kaytlyn Russell (3-11) of Carroll County in the consolation rounds. Russell was able to earn a win due to an illegal move over Ainsworth to end his day.

 

The final Cougar matches of the day were in the 285-pound division. Senior Hagan Smith (35-3) pinned Eric Farmer (9-11) of G.W. Danville and then by decision over Chance Dalton (36-12) of Jefferson Forest to advance to the title round. In that championship match Smith pinned Damonte Sandidge (22-9) of Amherst County to win the third region title of the day for Pulaski County.

 

Armes, Donaldson and Smith will head to Churchland High School in Portsmouth for the Group 4A state championships beginning Friday, Feb. 16.

 

The final day of competition is set for Saturday, Feb. 17.

 

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