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The Lafayette and York wrestling teams both lost during the opening round of the highly competitive Virginia Duals on Friday evening.
Both schools competed in the Black and Blue division, which is reserved for local schools in the state of Virginia.
Lafayette drew third-seeded Oscar Smith in the first round, but started 12 points down after having to forfeit matches at 120 and 126 pounds. Ultimately, Oscar Smith defeated Lafayette by a final of 56-19.
The Rams dominated the middle weights of the dual, earning wins at 138, 145, 152 and 160 pounds.
At 138, Connor Wrann earned a major decision over Kwuan Crafton. Kane Hurt earned a narrow 5-4 decision over Elijah Williams at 145 pounds, while Keven Ngiyen pinned Trevion Tyler in 3:18 at 152. Finally, Griffin Hurt pinned Elijah Alston in 49 seconds at 160 pounds.
Despite the middle weight success, Lafayette dropped every other bout in the dual. Oscar Smith recorded six wins via pin, one 5-4 decision and a technical fall.
York did not fare much better against seventh-seeded Grassfield. York started six points up on Grassfield due to a forfeit at 220 pounds, but the slight advantage proved negligible in a 57-24 loss.
The Falcons picked up wins from Mitchell Hamilton at 138 pounds after pinning William Haladyna and Michael Cawley at 170 pounds after pinning Zach Hildebrant in 35 seconds. York also got a victory from Noah Pascarella over Isaiah Barker at 195 pounds with a pin in 2:45.
Tournament wrestling is not over for Lafayette and York, who could still potentially finish third in the Black and Blue Division by winning out Saturday.
Lafayette will take on Nansemond River in the first consolation round, while York will face off against James Wood. Should Lafayette and York both win their first two bouts of the day, the two teams would meet up in the consolation bracket in round three.