SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The three-day state wrestling meet in Salem wrapped up on Monday with champions being crowned in Class 2. Southwest Virginia saw five competitors compete in the finals.
Jake Cline was the first of three Glenvar wrestlers that were one win away from a state title. The sophomore used three takedowns in the opening two periods to beat Clarke County’s Jake Long to win the 132 pound championship.
“It felt really good. I knew if I could push the pace I could get the win so I just kept pushing and pushing the pace and I knew once I got that first takedown I could win it so I was like this is crazy,” Cline said. “A month and a half ago we didn’t even think we’d have a season.”
Cline’s teammates were unable to join him at the top of the podium. Freshman Ethan Flowers fell to King William’s Austin Weeks in the 138 pound division while Glenvar’s Zach Moore lost by pin to Lebanon’s Trent Ray in the 220 pound final.
James River sent a pair of grapplers to the championship round. Hunter Forbes earned a 7-0 decision over East Rockingham’s Tanner Baugher to earn his first state title in the 160 pound weight class.
“Honestly, I thought it would feel a little bit different but I’m just proud,” Forbes said. “I don’t really have a method I just try to be adapting at all times. We’ve been doing this for a really long time like we’ve been wrestling since we were like three.”
Carder Miller fought hard to beat Amelia’s Michael Oliver. The former Christiansburg wrestler validated his decision to transfer to James River last year by winning the 195 pound title.
“At Christiansburg, we did a lot of big tournaments that got us ready for this,” Miller said. “I got about three matches in this year and then I came to state and it felt pretty good so I can’t thank everybody enough that made this possible.”
James River finished third in the team standings behind Poquoson and Lebanon. Glenvar finished fourth.