Warriors have five wrestlers in finals

WINCHESTER- Sherando High’s wrestling team will send five contestants to the mats today in the championship round of the annual Willie Walters/Jaye Copp Holiday Tournament at James Wood High School.

Tommy Dieter, at 113 pounds; Mike Duffy (126), Jacob Stevens (132) and defending state champions Curtis Guthridge (145) and John Borst (182) all finished 2-0 in the first day’s action at Donald H. Shirley Gymnasium.

Dieter, a freshman, knocked off Handley’s Brent Gaynor and Loudoun Valley’s Andrew Crickenberge. Stevens stopped Dakota Payne of Rappahannock County and Adam Broshkevitch of Loudoun Valley. Guthridge claimed victories over Stonewall Jackson-Manassas’ Devon Smith and Berkeley Springs’ Tobin Whittington in a total of 1:31 on two falls. Borst bopped Jose Rodriguez of Courtland Brian Storey of Liberty in falls taking just 1:16.

“We’re missing a couple of wrestlers, but so are a lot of others,” said Sherando coach Pepper Martin. “You look up and down of any of the lineups here. They’re all missing wrestlers. We’ll do with what we have.”

Martin said heavyweight Ben Avery is out recovering from an asthma attack. James Platts (152) was out-of-town with a family responsibility.

After one day, Handley leads the tournament with 96 points, Patrick Henry is second with 89 scores. Sherando resides in third with 88.5 points. Host James Wood is fifth with 63 points.

Action resumes at 9 a.m. today.