Dan River wrestling

Dan River’s Bryan Rito-Villar (2nd from left) placed second at 145 pounds in the 2023 Sarah Wilkes Wrestling Invitational on Saturday at Morehead.

Coach Mark Allan and the Dan River wrestling team keep working hard and preparing the final part of their season. This week, the Wildcats competed in a tri-meet at Chatham High School before traveling to Eden’s Morehead High School for an invitational tournament on Saturday.

The Wildcats entered Wednesday’s match at Chatham with only eight athletes, compared to both Chatham and Appomattox County who had wrestlers in each weight class. Overall, Dan River would fall to the Cavaliers and Raiders on team scores, but there were multiple successes on the day. Senior Bryan Rito-Villar and freshmen Brice Jones both went 2-0 on the night, recording two falls.

Dan River would have a better showing on Saturday at the Sarah Wilkes Invitational at Morehead High School. Overall, the Wildcats wrestled hard against some tough competition and three wrestlers would take home medals for placing in the top four of their weight class. Senior Bryan Rito-Villar finished in second place at 145, defeating McMichael’s Edward Robles via a 4-3 ultimate tiebreaker. Rito-Villar would fall in the championship match to Lorenzo Alston of Asheboro’s Uwharrie Charter Academy.

Senior Levi Dehart placed fourth at 170 while freshman Brice Jones was fourth at 120. Caleb Robertson (126), Kasey Burnett (160), and Kylin White each competed in the tournament but failed to place.

The Wildcats will wrestle at Heritage High School in Lynchburg on Friday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m.

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