Eastern View’s wrestling team is one team win away from winning back-to-back state titles after winning the Class 4 Region B wrestling tournament on Saturday.
Daniel Taylor (106), Blake Sheads (113), Austin Kolikas (132), Drew Shurina (152) and Zach Brown (195) took home regional champion honors for their respective weight classes.
Those first-place finishes, along with three second-place finishes, three third-place finishes and a fourth-place finish helped the Cyclones rack up 275 points, that was 51.5 points above second place.
“All these wins mean something,” said Eastern View head coach Eric Brown. “You have your seniors that you’re dealing with, so their chance to do this again is not gonna happen, so every one of these tournaments is a big win for us, it’s a big win for the kids and it just helps build the program up even more.”
Four of Eastern View’s five winners ended their matches early on pins. Taylor at 106 pinned Louisa County’s Owen Grislick, and Kolikas, Shurina and Zach Brown all pinned three of the top Richmond-area wrestlers in Midlothian’s John Bolstad, Monacan’s Ethan Carpenter and Powhatan’s Jacob Moss, respectively.
“For some reasons, I guess it’s just the way we do things in the room…but we’re a pinning team,” Coach Brown said, pointing to the wrestlers who came through in the consolation rounds and saw their points, including on pins, ultimately count toward the team’s victory.
The Cyclones had eight wrestlers – including Dillon Werth at 120, Johnny Laird at 126 and CJ Taylor at 170 – compete in the Region 4B finals.
Twelve qualified for the state tournament.
Make sure to read Thursday’s edition of the Star-Exponent for an in-depth look at the Eastern View team ahead of its state title defense.