With over 10 dual matches and one individual tournament in the record books this season, Madison’s wrestling team has rolled around on the mats of several different high schools including Fluvanna County, Monticello, William Monroe and Wilson Memorial.
Now, it’s time for the Mountaineers to roll out their own mats and welcome the competition to Madison for the first time this season. They’ll do so at this Saturday’s annual “Mountaineer Classic” which includes 10 teams and where the action begins at 10 a.m.
Maybe, just maybe, the home gymnasium will provide some spark to a young but determined Mountaineer team.
Madison has just three seniors in its lineup and one is new to the team. The lineup also includes two juniors, three sophomores, and three freshmen.
Further, the team still has vacancies in a couple of weight classes.
Under those conditions, winning dual matches against teams that boast full lineups is a tough task.
Last Wednesday, Madison competed in a quad at William Monroe and went 1-2, and on Saturday traveled to Wilson Memorial where it finished at 2-3.
Here’s a summary of how last week’s matches played out beginning with Wednesday’s quad:
Madison County 57, Page County 12
The teams went head-to-head in seven bouts and Madison had the edge, 5-2.
Joey Johnson (113), Dillon Wilson (132), Bourdon (145), Corey Helmick (170) and Sacra (285) all won by fall.
Brentsville District 66, Madison County 18
The Tigers won six of the nine contested bouts and the Mountaineers won three.
For Madison, Jacob Sikora (132), Christian Corbin (220) and Sacra (285) all pinned their opponents.
William Monroe 66, Madison Count 16
The Greene Dragons had a full lineup and, in addition to claiming seven of the ten contest bouts, also picked up 18 points from Mountaineer forfeits.
Madison’s three winners included Wilson (up a weight class at 132 pounds) who won by major decision, and Sacra (285) and Sam Pequignot (113) who both pinned their opponents.
Saturday’s Hornet Duals:
Madison County 54, Parry McCluer 24
The Mountaineers bested the Fighting Blues, 5-2, in the contested bouts. Madison had two forfeits, Parry McCluer had four, and there was one double forfeit.
For Madison, Bourdon (138), Helmick (170), Corbin (220) and Sacra (285) all pinned their opponents.
Wilson Memorial 71, Madison County 12
The Hornets stung the Mountaineers by winning eight of the nine contested bouts.
Only Sacra (285) managed to win for Madison and he did so by pinning his opponent.
Madison County 45, Wilson Memorial “B” team 27
These Hornets did not sting as severely, and the Mountaineers picked up the win behind the effort of Sikora (138), Bourdon (145), Helmick (170) and Sacra (285) who all won by fall, and Corbin (220) who worked his way to a win by decision.
Allegheny County 48, Madison County 36
Both schools are known as the “Mountaineers” and in this tussle, the ones from Allegheny clearly had the edge. They won five of the seven contested bouts.
Madison’s Sikora (138) and Bourdon (145) pinned their opponents.
Buffalo Gap 42, Madison County 36
The Buffaloes won five of the eight head-to-head bouts while the Mountaineers had winners in Helmick (170), Sacra (285) and Bourdon (145) who all won by fall.
After last week’s action, Madison has a 4-7 record in dual matches.
But wrestling is also an individual sport and Sacra, the team’s sophomore heavyweight, clearly leads the Mountaineer pack.
Going into this Saturday’s event, Sacra is unbeaten in 14 matches. Ten of those wins are by fall and the other four by forfeits.
Bourdon, a senior, has competed mainly at 138 pounds but occasionally at 145. He has compiled a record of 10-4 with all victories by fall.
Fellow senior Christian Corbin missed the first week of competitive action but has since compiled a record of 5-3 with two wins by fall, two by forfeit and one by decision.