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Wrestler Addington of J.J. Kelly merits 2010 Times-News Elite status

April 25th, 2010 12:00 am by John Moorehouse




In the Lonesome Pine District and Region D, Jon Addington was nearly perfect during his high school wrestling career.


As a senior at J.J. Kelly High School, Addington proved to be unbeatable at the state level as well.


The Times-News Elite wrestler for 2010, Addington closed his high school grappling chronicle by winning the Group A championship in the 135-pound division at the VHSL meet in Salem.


He achieved that goal after a pair of tantalizing near-misses at state. Addington placed fourth in the 2009 Group A tournament and seventh in 2008.


He leaves high school with four LPD individual championships, and three Region D titles. Addington compiled an impressive 32-2 record during his senior season as part of a 122-20 cumulative body of work over four years.


His effort at the state tournament helped Kelly finish fourth in the Group A team standings, the highest placement of any Region D program.


Addington defeated Aaron Beverly of Parry McCluer in the state finals, winning on points by a 7-1 margin.


Luke Owens, the wrestling coach at Kelly and former Virginia Tech lineman who won three state titles during his own grappling days at Grundy, praised Addington as the hardest worker in his team’s wrestling room.


Addington also assists Owens with Kelly’s youth wrestling program.


The senior wasn’t the only area grappler to claim state laurels this season.


Castlewood’s Wesley Gibson won the 103-pound title after missing half the season with a broken arm. And J.I. Burton’s Colby Dean won the 145- pound division to become the first state champion wrestler in school history.


There were quality wrestlers on the Tennessee side as well. Science Hill’s Jonathan Pearce reached the 125-pound finals at the TSSAA tournament, and fellow 125-pounder Austin Mann set the Dobyns-Bennett wins record.


Addington’s total body of work, however, put him head and shoulders above the rest.


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