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Cavaliers finish strong at Christiansburg tourney

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Bowman wins, Lamb second at Big Blue Invitational.

By Landmark News Service

 CHRISTIANSBURG –– Blake Bowman and Jordan Lamb each advanced to the championship finals and Carroll County posted a strong finish as a team at the Big Blue Invitational wrestling tournament, hosted by Christiansburg Friday and Saturday.

The match of the day came in the 135-pound championship bout, as Bowman beat Logan Bosley of Christiansburg in a violent battle by a 6-5 decision. It is Bowman’s second career title in this event, as he won in 2009 at 130.

The match left both grapplers bloodied, but fortunately for Bowman and the Cavaliers, he came out on top.

“It was a tough match, we love it when kids go to war and these kids went to war, and I’m glad it went our way,” said Carroll County coach Jason Morris.

As hard-earned of a win as this was, Bowman still has his outlook on a larger goal.

“[Winning the title] was another stepping stone,” Bowman said. “I got a long ways to go, states are less than a month away and that is what my major goal is.”

The Cinderella of this tournament was Lamb, who advanced to the 140 finals as a No. 8 seed, the highest seed to advance that far this year. Lamb advanced to the final round after literally knocking out Stephen Gwaltney of North Stafford. Gwaltney stumbled off the mat with a concussion. But Lamb was not able to overtake Christiansburg’s Brady Epperly, who pinned Lamb in 3:08 in the finals.

It was a respectable showing by Carroll County, which finished 13th and was the only school to finish in the top 13 with fewer than 11 participants. The Cavaliers only had eight wrestlers.

“These eight kids are the toughest kids I have ever coached,” said Morris, who is in his seventh season as head coach. “The six seniors I have are the hardest-working kids I have ever had.”

Aaron Willard settled for fourth at 160. Christiansburg won the team title by more than 100 points over runner-up Matoaca in an event that drew 42 teams.