Hornets take second at Pioneer Challenge

Pictured, left to right, are individual weight class winners Blake Wilson (120), Aaron Ratcliff (170) and David Steigler (138) at Saturday’s Pioneer Challenge at Patriot High School.  

Orange County had three individual champions and five others in the top four as it placed second among 13 teams in the season-opening Pioneer Challenge Saturday at Patriot High School.

Blake Wilson (120), David Steigler (138) and Aaron Ratcliff (170) each won their weight classes for the Hornets, who wrestled without two of their starters.

Chance Bowers (160) was second, with Truth Wilson (220) and Ray Pierce (285) third. Jayden Jenkins (126) and Taylor Jenkins (152), the other two Hornets to medal, both finished fourth.

After a bye, Wilson pinned Riverside’s Ryan Smith and won a 5-0 decision over Christian Davis (Centerville). He beat Broad Run’s Kadence Berrier 7-0 and pinned Chantilly’s Tyler Cefola to win the title.

Steigler also started with a bye, and pinned Osbourn Park’s Dustin Hardbower and Chantilly’s Rose Klosky in the third round. He beat Major McCoy (Patriot) 18-0 and topped Dominion’s Alex TerHarr in sudden victory.

Ratcliff opened the tournament with a pin of James Madison’s Hayden Riddle and then won an 8-1 decision over Jacob Alderman. He pinned Riverside’s Ramis Khan and Patriot’s Lionel Carter before winning a 5-2 decision over Nicholas Ceynowa (James Madison) in the title match.

Bowers won four of his five matches, only falling in sudden victory in the title match to Spotswood’s Zach Hartman.

Wilson won his first three matches before losing in the fourth round. In the third-place match, he pinned Chantilly’s John Madaj.

Pierce won his first three matches before dropping a 6-0 decision to Chantilly’s Andres Sagastume that put him in the third-place match. There, he pinned Patriot’s Donovan Sprouse to win.

Joseph and Jenkins won their first three matches but dropped their final two to finish fourth.

Other Hornets participating included Eric Hanner (106) who finished ninth, Cale Carr (113) who placed eighth, Josh Benner (113) who was ninth, Jackson Garnett (126) who was ninth, K.J. Taylor (132) who was sixth, Taylor Gibson (145) who was 10th, T.J. Fortune (145) who was sixth, Mason Wright (152) who was 14th, Harley Workman (160) who was ninth, Jeffrey Madden (182) who was ninth, Alex Burley (195) who was seventh, Wyheem Vessels (195) who was ninth and Zavier Wright (195) who was 10th.

The Hornets next wrestle Friday at Monticello High School.

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