With the Dulles District season looming Dec. 19, Briar Woods, Tuscarora, Heritage and host Loudoun County competed in their final tune up at the Duals for the Warriors Dec. 15 in Leesburg.
The 10-team tournament, sponsored by Loudoun County High School and the Ranger Wrestling Club, benefited the Wounded Warrior Project.
Loudoun County coach Joel Caruso, also the tournament director, presented U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Rico with a plaque prior to the start of the tournament. Caruso served with Rico, a Purple Heart recipient who was wounded in Afghanistan. The Wounded Warrior Project had a display in the foyer and the Raiders raised more than $900 for the cause in sales of tournament T-shirts.
The host Raiders placed third in the tournament and took top honors among the four Loudoun schools. Warren County won the championship with a perfect 5-0 record in the five-round event. Paul VI placed second with a 4-1 mark.
“The tournament went well. We raised some money for a good cause,” Caruso said, “We lost two matches and we wrestled tough, but we didn’t get the bonus points and that was the difference between us winning and us losing today. Our guys wrestled tough but we still have some work to do.”
Several local wrestlers had stellar days and served notice that they will be strong contenders this season.
Briar Woods junior Michael Hulcher went 5-0 at 126 pounds with four pins in less than a minute. The victories improved his record for the season to 9-0. Mick Zahora was also 5-0 for the Falcons at 132 pounds, improving to 7-1 this season.
Tuscarora had a strong showing with three wrestlers going undefeated. Alex McCord improved to 15-1 wrestling at 120 pounds and was selected as one of the tournament’s Most Valuable Wrestlers. Jack Lord improved to 11-5 at 132, and Sam Brazer went 3-0 for the day improving to 10-2 at 113 pounds.
Loudoun County had three wrestlers win all five of their matches. Logan Smith (138) and Hunter Day (160) improved to 20-0 this year with perfect days. Matt Sun also went 5-0 at 126 pounds with four pins. Sun was the Raiders’ MVP.
“I just found my rhythm today, it was great.” Sun said, “I didn’t have to think about my moves, they were just like habits. I needed to get points for my team and that motivated me to go for pins to get the bonus points..”
Most Valuable Wrestlers
Matt Sun (126) Loudoun County
Alex McCord (120) Tuscarora
Vito Camarca (145) Paul VI
Justin Pank (145) St. James (Md.)
Zach Poehler (285) Warren County
Will Siryani (152) Tuscarora
Vito Camarca (145) Paul VI
Warren County 78, Heritage 0
Loudoun County 61, Clarke County 18
Briar Woods 37, St. James 36
Paul VI 66, George Mason 16
Tuscarora 45, Falls Church 30
Loudoun County 56, Falls Church 20
St James 36, Tuscarora 24
Warren County 65, Briar Woods 10
Paul VI 54, Clarke County 27
George Mason 51, Heritage 12
Paul VI 55, St. James 21
Warren County 37, Loudoun County 33
Tuscarora 42, George Mason 31
Briar Woods 48, Clarke County 30
Falls Church 54, Heritage 6
Paul VI 39, Loudoun County 29
Tuscarora 61, Heritage 3
Warren County 63, St. James 12
Clarke County 39, Falls Church 28
Briar Woods 51, George Mason 24
Briar Woods 60, Heritages 6
Warren County 57, Paul VI 24
Loudoun County 61, St. James 6
Clarke County 41, Tuscarora 37
Falls Church 42, George Mason 30
-All photos by Michael “Moe” Murphy