Having recently recorded his 100th career victory, Carroll County wrestler Brennan Vaught was also one of four Cavaliers to place over the weekend in the Big Blue Invitational in Christiansburg.
A senior, Vaught earned his 100th career win at the Ed Cressel Invitational at Virginia High on Jan. 13, becoming one of a select few wrestlers in Carroll County history to reach the milestone. He followed it by placing fifth in the 120-pound weight class Saturday in the Big Blue Invitational.
“Carroll County has had a lot of good wrestlers and very few of them have had the opportunity and ability to get to 100 wins,” Carroll County wrestling coach Matthew Tompkins said. “Be it somebody in front of them or the ability to stay healthy for four years, getting to 100 wins is a major milestone. He’s wrestled through a lot of injuries, been able to take care of himself, and be a good wrestler for four years. Now he has 107 wins and we hope he carries it with him on to the state tournament.”
Brennan’s brother, sophomore Caxton Vaught, had the highest finish of Carroll wrestlers at the Big Blue, placing third in the 145-pound weight class. Also placing in the prestigious tournament, which featured 28 teams, were freshman Jade Poe in sixth place in the 113-pound division and sophomore Elijah Caviness, who took seventh in the 138-pound weight class.
“It went well. I think a lot could have been better, but it’s hard to be upset when you go to a tournament like the Big Blue and you are able to place half of your team,” Tompkins said. “Brennan and Caxton and Jaden are all getting to where they want to be in this part of the season. Elijah got a couple of byes and forfeit but when it came to the consolation finals he wrestled well. As a team we are wrestling well. Eli Busick was wrestling well and got a pretty bad ankle sprain. He had to forfeit a match that would have put him in the medal rounds. But as a team we’re getting to where we need to be for the conference tournament in two weeks.”
Carroll County will host this year’s Conference 24 Tournament on Saturday, February 4, weather permitting.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN