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Eagles fly back to familiar perch as district wrestling champs

Freedom’s Sean Crumbliss works the arm of Tuscarora’s Brecan Saul in the 132-pound final. Crumbliss won the match to help the Eagles soar to the team championship.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser
It had been since 2014 that the Freedom Eagles wrestling team had won it all at the district level. But the Eagles landed back at their customary front-runner position Feb. 2 in the Potomac District wrestling meet at Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn.

Thirteen Eagles earned berths in the regional meet with top-five placements, including four district titles.

Nicky Scolarici staved off a final-moments escape attempt by Rock Ridge’s Andrew Nguyen for a 7-6 finals win in the 126-pound classification. Scolarici pumped his arms to an excited crowd of cheering Freedom fans.

His teammate Sean Crumbliss then took the mat and racked up an 11-1 lead on Tuscarora’s Brecan Saul before recording the fall at 5:25.

At the 220-pound level, junior Ben Hammett collected a pair of three-point takedowns against Broad Run’s Josh Hineman for a 8-0 win in the finals.

“It’s great to finally get a gold instead of the silver or bronze we’ve been getting the last couple years,” said Freedom head coach Greg Northart. “It’s an even better feeling because we had a lot of guys out of our lineup.”

Northart said the Eagles have shuffled their lineup due to a rash of injuries, but the substitutes have fit the bill.

“It’s just a total team effort,” Northart said. “That’s what you have to do to win tournaments, is have everyone step up. That’s what I’m most proud of.”

Sophomore Tim Nguyen was one of those new entrants in Northart’s lineup, taking fourth in the 152-pound class. Cole Singer, another sophomore filling in for a senior, won his way into the championship round of the 195-pound division.

Briar Woods senior Najim Murshidi opened his championship-round showdown against Broad Run’s Anthony Gil by shooting a low single-leg takedown at the first whistle.

He went on to win 4-0 to take the title at 113 pounds.

“I’ve been working on that move a lot in the practice room, and it’s really showing,” said Murshidi.

He will look to improve his third-place showing in last year’s region meet. This year Freedom High School of South Riding will serve as host of the Region 5C wrestling tournament, set for Feb. 10.

Team standings
Freedom 228.5
Broad Run 190.5
Tuscarora 163.5
Rock Ridge 157
John Champe 153.5
Briar Woods 126
Stone Bridge 88
Potomac Falls 48

Region qualifiers

-106 pounds
Simon Fossett (BR)
Charlie Lausten (SB)
Giovanni Llaury (BW)
Connor Costello (F)
Bobby Philpot (T)

Najim Murshidi (BW)
Anthony Gil (BR)
Olli Karjalainen (JC)
Marcino Nguyen (F)
Sydney Bowman (T)

Nathan Roberts (T)
Carter Levin (F)
Sami Rashid (BR)
Michael Teves (RR)
Preston Moore (JC)

Nicky Scolarici (F)
Andrew Nguyen (RR)
Austin Kreb (JC)
Jeremiah Gerber (T)
Bob Kushner (SB)

Sean Crumbliss (F)
Brecan Saul (T)
Jason Braig (RR)
Eric Frames (SB)
Andrew Linza (PF)

Michael McCord (T)
Brandon Battista (SB)
Paolo Orosa (PF)
Tavan Voddipolli (BW)
Miguel Lopez (JC)

Nate Swank (T)
Anthony Rubio (F)
Jacob Puterio (BR)
Kelton Roney (JC)
Neo Han (BW)

Anthony Prosekov (BW)
Jackson Booth (BR)
Riley Dodge (JC)
Timothy Nguyen (F)
Ethan Walker (SB)

Michael Parnell (F)
Tristan Dagestani (T)
Richard Wrenn (RR)
Nick House (BR)
Tyler McCormick (JC)

Zach Jones (RR)
Tanner Barbour (T)
Ian Williams (BR)
Nathan Tarble (BW)
Martin Parnell (F)

Gregory Manternach (RR)
Nathan Williams (JC)
Bobby Caldwell (T)
Leo Flores (BW)
Jack Karry (F)

Chris Taylor (JC)
Cole Singer (F)
Keldon Jones (RR)
David Gisbert (BR)
Omar Abdo (BW)

Ben Hammett (F)
Josh Hineman (BR)
Braeden Travis (JC)
Haidar Baerde (RR)
Kyle Merrill (SB)

John Birchmeier (BR)
Jacob Edwards (F)
Kelvin Brewington (BW)
Wiliam Lear (RR)
Jason Abrego (JC)

Photos by Rick Wasser


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