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Eagles place fifth in Big Blue tournament
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Monday, January 21, 2013

CHRISTIANSBURG -- Franklin County's varsity wrestling team placed fifth in the eighth annual Big Blue Invitational at Christiansburg High School.

The Eagles, the 11-time reigning Western Valley District champions, were competing in the 24-team tournament for the second year in a row.

The field includes both public and private high school teams.

Parkersburg (W.Va.) captured top team accolades with 183 points, followed by Group AA power Christiansburg (179.5), Eastern View (176), Liberty Christian Academy (166) and FCHS (160.5).

The top eight finishing teams each surpassed the 100 point mark in the two-day tournament.

This marks the first year in the history of the event that the Blue Demons failed to claim the team championship.

FCHS finished fourth in its inaugural appearance a year ago.

Rounding out the top 10 finishing teams were St. Christopher's (141), Patrick Henry (121), Buckhannon, W.Va. (115.5) and Greenbrier East (WVa.) and Staunton River (81).

FCHS wrestlers Justin Alice (160) and Jonathan Altice (195) each reached the finals of his weight class, but each was defeated.

Justin Altice, won won the Eagles' lone individual title last year at 152 pounds, suffered a 4-2 setback to Chris Tyree of Staunton River.

Justin Altice scored a 5-2 win in the semifinals to earn his finals berth.

Jonathan Altice dropped a 15-9 decision to Blake Papet of Liberty Christian.

Jonathan Altice posted a 3-2 victory in the semifinals to reach the championship bout.

Isaiah Foster (120), Ryan Clingenpeel (126) each was defeated in the semifinals, but worked his way back to the consolation finals and was victorious.

Foster won by major decision to finish third and Clingenpeel was triumphant by decision, 7-6.

At 220 pounds, Alveno Matthews worked his way through the loser's bracket and earned a fourth-place finish -- he dropped a 6-2 decision in the consolation finals.

Placing fifth for the Eagles were Drew Holden (113), Jared Mills (132), Jeremy Lemon (152) and Derick Kromer (170).

Other team scores were Skyline (73.5), E.C. Glass (71.5), Lord Botetourt (63.5), St. Mark's (53.5), William Monroe (50), Collegiate (49.5), Rockbridge County (47), Louisa (44.5), Amherst County (24.5), Hermitage (23.5), Christiansburg B (19), Hopewell (17), Blacksburg (15.5) and Covenant (10).

FCHS returns to action Wednesday when the Eagles host the WVD's final regular-season quad.

Action begins at 4 p.m. at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

 
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