Kyle Schlue (220lbs) reached this milestone a few weeks ago and 145lbs CJ Mills and Luke Rivera both earned their 100th win with 1st period pins in dramatic wins against Dominion. All 3 wrestlers provided pins to earn bonus points for the team to win. Rising star, Jack Scalio earned a pin in the final match, which was an emotional roller coaster. Scalio was thrown to his back with a headlock in the 1st period and Dominion looked to seal the win. Scalio fought back and earned a pin in the 2nd period to help the LCHS Raiders defeat the Titans.
Schlue, Mills and Rivera head into this weekend, confident and ready for the post season run. The run to 100 wins wasn’t an easy one. “All 3 wrestlers didn’t start on varsity until their sophomore year; 100 wins in 3 years is impressive. On top of it all, 3 missed time in those 3 years due to injuries. Kyle Schlue suffered a season ending concussion last season, just after a successful sophomore season where he placed 2nd at regionals and was seconds away from placing in at states. CJ Mills missed half the season last year with a head injury, but came back to place 6th at states. He has missed significant time this year with a few minor injuries. Luke Rivera, a state qualifier, has also missed a few weeks this year, but all 3 are ready to go.
“Hard work during and off-season paid off. All 3 of wrestlers have done offseason workouts, camps, tournaments, and sacrificed much to get to this point. Said LCHS head wrestling coach, Joel Caruso, good things can happen when you outwork your opponent. All 3 wrestlers have been a big part of our program during their 4 years at Loudoun County. They helped the Raiders to a second place finish in the region tournament 2 years ago. They have made our wrestling team better and have learned from past leaders. Our younger wrestlers look up to them. They all have been to the state tournament, the pressure of 100 win mark is over, and now it’s time to let things fly & have fun.”
The run for the state championships starts this weekend at Woodgrove High School for the Conference 21 tournament. The following week, wrestlers from around the area that qualify 4A North Region will head to Amhurst High School. In 3 weeks 4A states will be held at Salem Civic Center where many local seniors will be given their last shot at the title of becoming a “State Champion.”