Last Wednesday was an exciting night at Washington and Lee High School as the Eagles’ Wrestling team prepared to face off against the Northumberland Indians for the annual Battle of the Buoy match. Having won the Battle of the Buoy for six straight years in a row, the Eagles were pumped and excited not only for another match against their friendly rivals, but also because it was Senior Night for Washington and Lee. Northumberland was ready for the battle as well, which was evident in their intense warm-ups and the focused looks on their faces.
As usual, both teams took turns warming up with energetic music and intense attitudes and then left the scene to mentally prepare for their individual matchups. Once the allotted time passed, the seniors of the Eagles’ Wrestling team met with their parents in their warm-up gear and were announced individually in alphabetical order with cheers and applause. After the ceremony, both teams moved to their respective sides of the mat, loosening their muscles and preparing for their upcoming match.
For the Lightweights, Josh Whitfield started off the Battle of the Buoy in the 106 weight class against Northumberland’s Drew Saville with a pin to give the Eagles six points. Due to Northumberland not having a wrestler for the 113 weight class, Sergei Minor claimed an immediate victory through forfeit and added another six points towards his team. Both teams were forced to forfeit their 120 spot, leaving Moses Oviedo to face off against Billy Pipkin of the Indians.