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Bluestone wrestlers ready for what comes next / January 27, 2021

After starting out as a club sport a little over five years ago, the Bluestone High School wrestling program has grown into a solid contender in the James River District and VHSL Region 2A.

During the past two seasons, two grapplers who have helped the program grow are seniors Landon Lyles and Hudson Moore. Both have been members of the BHS wrestling team for the past three years.

Each competed in the 2019-2020 VHSL Class 2 State Championships last season.

Varsity wrestling coach Troy Moore said Lyles and Moore are skilled athletes who bring coachable personalities to the mat.

“Landon and Hudson have both participated in the program for the last three years,” Moore said. “Their success continued to grow each season.”

Co-captains of the wrestling team, the duo’s leadership and success helped motivate younger wrestlers. “I believe both of them would have found themselves on the medal podium at the state tournament this year,” Moore said.

Moore noted wrestling seems to come to Lyles naturally. He praised Lyles for having intangibles that made his quick rise in the sport possible.

“Landon was a natural at the sport,’ Moore said. “Success for him was almost instant in a sport that takes time to master. His heart and desire to win is unmatched.

“He has characteristics you can’t coach and that alone always gave him an edge over his opponents. I’ll miss his witty personality in the wrestling room, always keeping us on our toes.”

Lyles said the wrestling was great, but he learned much more than just a sport with the program.

“Coach Moore helped me grow as a person, honestly,” Lyles said. “They (coaches and teammates) helped me learn how to work with other people and strive to be better than what you can already do.”

The coach said Moore’s dedication to his workout regimen and the sport in general has been a shining example of consistency. He made the point that Moore had colleges scouting his skills.

“Hudson’s work ethic off the mat and outside of practice proved to be the key to his success,” Moore said. “He quickly modeled himself in to a very strong and focused young man. I barely recognize the 15-year-old sophomore that walked into our wrestling room.”

Moore said he stayed in shape over the summer hoping a return to wrestling at the high school might take place. ” I was just working out on my own training with a few friends. Doing power lifting moves, and just basically body building.”

A resumption of wrestling isn’t in the cards this year with the decision by the Mecklenburg County School Board to cancel winter and fall sports. As for finishing up their senior years of high school attending online, both students said classes have been a challenge. The experience has been a stressful one.

“Honestly I do not like this online thing at all,” Lyles said. “It’s not going to great for me. Especially with the job and all. I felt like I would have done better if I were inside the building.”

Moore agreed with Lyles. “It sucks, although honestly I probably got better grades than when in school.

“It was a little messed up. I didn’t get like prom, graduation, get to wrestle my senior year or any of that senior year stuff. The whole year was a Senior Skip Day.”

Lyles and Moore said they were looking forward to Bluestone having a solid wrestling season and being represented at the state tournament again this year. Both were disappointed the winter sports season got canceled.

“I felt like it would have been a good season,” Lyles said. “For the first time I made it to the states last year.

“That made me feel really proud. And it made me feel like I could do much more than I had thought I could before. My goal was to place at the states this year but we didn’t go. That was a big letdown.”

“I had big hopes,” Moore said of the canceled season. “I was hoping that we were going to put some more people in states. I was also hoping to go undefeated because I’ve been training all summer.”

As the student-athletes prepare to graduate, they are finding their paths forward.

“I’ve taken military into consideration and college,” Lyles said. “I hope keep up to date with the moves and all that, not fall off and lose all my knowledge of wrestling.”

“Actually I was about to mention that,” Moore said. “I got accepted to Averett (University) and got a guaranteed spot on the wrestling roster.”

Moore stated he was just happy to have had two decent people to coach and to help lead the wrestling team.

“I’m very happy and blessed that these two young men poured their heart and soul into this sport the last three years,” said Moore.

“I hate that it ended like this but this won’t be the last disappointment these young man go through and this will help them persevere in the future as well. I look forward to seeing where life takes these young men.”

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