By Krystle Bono
The Nandua Warriors competed in the Coach O-Duals at John A. Holmes High Jan. 5 and finished the day in third overall as a team, with a 4-1 record.
Northampton also hit the road Jan. 5, buzzing over to Mathews to take part in the Mathews Invitational. The Yellow Jackets were up against Tucker, Lafayette, Warwick, Caroline, Franklin, Mathews, Lancaster, Northumberland, Norfolk Christian, Washington and Lee, Broadwater, and Essex. Northampton ended the day tied with Caroline in fourth with 96 points. Broadwater placed 12th overall.
Individual accolades for the Yellow Jackets were awarded to Myles Lews, who placed first in the 126-pound weight bracket. Brandon Odem was second in the 132-pound weight bracket and Gavin Brittingham earned second place at 160. Alonzo Capers was third at 126 and Gary Peart III finished third over-all in the 170-pound weight bracket. Josh Splawn earned fourth at 220.
The Yellow Jackets hosted a 10-team round robin tournament this past weekend in Eastville, welcoming the Nandua Warriors, as well as teams from Henrico, Cape Henry, Bayside, First Flight, John Marshall, Lancaster, First Colonial, and IC Norcom for the annual Fred Diem/Scott Miles Tournament.
The Warriors finished the two-day event in second as a team with 82 points. This marked the first time Nandua has placed at this particular event, with six wrestlers making their way to spots at the podium. Matt Taylor and Joe Castiglia both earned the top spots in the 120-pound and 220-pound weight brackets, respectively. David Gastelum placed second at 160, and Damani Baines (195), Joseph Teasley (182), and Joe Prendergast (113) each
The Yellow Jackets finished in sixth overall with 55.5 points, with Broadwater placing ninth.
Lewis earned the top spot individually on the podium for the Yellow Jackets in the 120-pound weight bracket. Teammate Aizmani Joseph placed second in the 138-pound weight bracket. Peart also earned a second-place finish at 170. Crescencio Sugia placed third in the 285-pound weight class.
The Sportsmanship award, voted on by the referees, was presented to Bayside High School. The School Miles award was earned by First Colonial wrestler, Ryan Henderson, and the Most Outstanding Wrestler award selection went to Henrico’s Jonathan Minor.
Wednesday night, the Nandua Warriors hosted the Arcadia Firebirds for a duel meet, as well as the team’s senior night. The Warriors extended their season record to 16-1, downing their district rivals on their home mat in Onley by a 54-24 count.
The Yellow Jackets will be back on the mat tonight (Friday) on the road against Northumberland.
Nandua is set to grapple Northampton on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Eastville, as well as Northeastern, N.C.
By Krystle Bono