Skyline High School earned top team honors and host Broad Run placed best among six Loudoun schools at the 2013 Growing Earth Duals Jan. 5 in Ashburn.
Several factors were used in determining the team champion. Along with team scoring, additional scoring for pins and technical falls were added by the round - six points for a pin in the first round, four points for a second-round pin and two for pins in the third round. The same scoring was used for tech falls.
The Broad Run Spartans garnered top Loudoun honors with a third-place finish in the 10-team tournament. The Spartans scored 155 points, going 4-1 in team scoring.
“Overall, it was a good day for us,” Spartan coach J.J. Totaro said, “We are still learning and still growing, but by improving our record for the season to 15-5 you can’t be too disappointed.”
The Skyline Hawks won each of their five bouts and racked up 230 points to claim the team title. West Springfield placed second with 166 points - winning three of five bouts.
“I’m happy with our win and very proud of our boys,” Skyline coach Matt Keel said. “We got a good look at a lot of good wrestlers in our region today. The Loudoun schools each have a wrestler or two we have our eye on that should be state qualifiers.”
Forest Park finished fourth and Potomac Falls rounded out the top five with a strong showing against several AAA schools competing in the tournament.
Several top Loudoun wrestlers made their presence known to regional rivals they will most likely face after the district tournaments conclude.
Broad Run returns two-time state qualifier and National High School Coaches’ Association All American Tarkan Martin at 138 pounds. The Spartans also feature four returning regional qualifiers in Logan Shain (170), Connor Bryant (182), Diego Loya (195) and Phillip James (220).
Potomac Falls featured three returning regional qualifiers - Louis Ives (113), Omer Nezam (145) and Zach Causey (195). Causey and Ives are also returning Dulles District Champs. The Panthers went 3-2 in the tournament.
Briar Woods’ Michael Hulcher, a junior wrestling at 126 pounds, won each of his matches to improve to 27-2 on the season. Hulcher recorded his 100th career win at the Battle of Ashburn in late December. Bryan Capozzolli (195) went 5-0 and is a bright spot as a sophomore. The Falcons captured sixth place.
“We have a young team,” Briar Woods coach Ryan Rogers said. “We only have two seniors and we had to give up some forfeits due to not enough kids in the lineup, but overall I thought we did pretty well.”
Park View is led by Ronald Cruz (285), Bryan Barahona (220) and Micah Hotz (160). The Patriots finished eighth after drawing one of the toughest schedules, wrestling the top four teams in Skyline, West Springfield, Broad Run and Forest Park.
Tuscarora, in its third season, was paced by Alex McCord (22-1 at 120 pounds). Saxon Downs (126) and Will Siryani (145) each contributed to the Huskies’ effort.
“We made some mistakes today and really wrestled some tough competition,” Tuscarora coach Andrew Bango said. “We have some work horses on our team and overall I was pleased with our day.”
John Champe coach Josh Hastings was optimistic about the performance of the first-year Knights. Devyn Kreb, splitting time at 106 and 113, was solid again at the Growing Earth Duals after becoming Champe’s first individual champion at the Mason Holiday Classic.
Brandon Rafferty (152, 160) and Joseph Saah (126) also had impressive performances for Champe. Steven Jung, who is currently injured, has looked good at 170 pounds in the early season.
“Some injuries and holes in our lineup have made things tough for us this year, but I am pleased with our performance today,” Hastings said. “We improved each round and from the first round until the fifth round we improved tremendously. We were in our last match against Tuscarora until the final match.”
Skyline - 230
West Springfield - 166
Broad Run - 155
Forest Park - 144
Potomac Falls - 118
Briar Woods - 117
Liberty - 104
Park View - 98
Tuscarora - 68
John Champe - 62
-All photos by Moe Murphy
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