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WRESTLING NOTEPAD: Updated rankings

The wrestling notepad spends way too much time pouring over wrestling results, as our multi-page, 126-meet spreadsheet can attest.

But it’s worth it—we love wrestling rankings, and we know wrestlers love ’em, too.

So here’s our initial top three from the Fredericksburg area, with about a month to go before the postseason begins.

Don’t like how we ordered a weight class? Great! Shoot us an email at jrice@freelancestar.com. Just remember: We like proof! Did our No. 3 beat our No. 2 and we missed it? We want to know!

 

TWO COUGARS AT 106

We hate ties. But our last spot at 106 needs to be settled in the Courtland wrestling room.

Cougars sophomore D.J. Ahalt and freshman teammate Cliff Conway are neck and neck. We feel good that whomever is the better of the two belongs in the top three.

 

UNSURE AT A FEW

Some weights are easy to rank. Others are educated guess work.

Weights we’re most unsure about? 113, 126, 138 and 145.

 

BEST CLASS? 120

The trio of Josue Beltran, Josh Nail and Yarhoski Aldiva makes 120 pounds the area’s best weight.

We’d love to see a three-way wrestle off between them, and all three will be contenders at their respective state meets.

A spot for stone

Colonial Forge’s Jeff Stone is probably the area’s best at 138 pounds. But he’s been banged up and hasn’t wrestled much this year.

We’re told his return is coming soon; when he’s back, look for Stone to leap past the others at that weight.

DOMINATING SWAN

Mountain View’s Jared Swan is an easy pick for the top spot at 170 pounds.

The Wildcats have reported results for 16 matches by Swan this year. He’s won all 16 of those, 14 by way of pin.

We’d love to see a 1–2 matchup between Swan and Forge’s Anthony Carter.

Carter has been solid, too, and has wrestled a scheduled that’s included narrow losses to Hylton’s Codie Bowers and Robinson’s Daniel Mika, two state place-winners from last season.

 

SETTLED, FOR NOW

A couple of head-to-head matches make us feel pretty good about the top two at 195 and 220 pounds.

At 220, Forge’s Patrick Grayson has a 9–2 win over Stafford’s Sebastian Silva.

It’s Eagles–Indians at 195, too: Forge’s Chris Carter has a 3–2 win over Stafford’s Cameron Houston.

Both pairings can happen again at the Conference 4 tournament.

 

WHICH HEAVYWEIGHT?

We’re still not sure about the 285-pounders, but Culpeper’s Wyatt Carroll does have a win over Massaponax’s Wayland Strong.

Strong has a win over North Stafford’s Carlos Herring, but it was by injury default.

 

—Justin Rice

 

 

 

FLS WRESTLING TOP THREE (JAN. 7)

106 pounds

1. Marc Garofalo, Colonial Forge

2. Joseph Knight, Brooke Point

3. D.J. Ahalt, Courtland or Cliff Conway, Courtland 113 pounds

1. Seth Brodie, Colonial Forge

2. Danny Klein, Massaponax

3. Raphael Alves, Brooke Point

120 pounds

1. Josue Beltran, Mountain View

2. Josh Nail, Colonial Forge

3. Yarhoski Aldiva, Eastern View 

126 pounds

1. Cody Deutel, Brooke Point

2. Jacob Martinez, Colonial Forge

3. Max Larimore, Massaponax 

132 pounds

1. Bryan Ramey, Eastern View

2. Clay Smith, Colonial Forge

3. Joe Cafiero, Chancellor

138 pounds

1. Trevor Watkins, Mountain View

2. Alex Clem, Riverbend

3. Adam Schmitt, North Stafford

145 pounds

1. Curtis Harris, Colonial Forge

2. Devon Bornschein, Stafford

3. Josh Stacy, Spotsylvania

152 pounds

1. Dylan Hunziker, Colonial Forge

2. Josh Deutel, Brooke Point

3. Russell Ramsey, Mountain View

160 pounds

1. Adam Sinnott, Colonial Forge

2. Logan Shurina, Eastern View

3. Benjamin Bullin, Mountain View

170 pounds

1. Jared Swan, Mountain View

2. Anthony Carter, Colonial Forge

3. Brian Garlington, Brooke Point

182 pounds

1. Robert Winters, Colonial Forge

2. Jacob Tucker, King George

3. Zuriel Yi, Mountain View

195 pounds

1. Chris Carter, Coloinal Forge

2. Cameron Houston, Stafford

3. Dorian Bryant, Brooke Point

220 pounds

1. Patrick Grayson, Colonial Forge

2. Sebastian Silva, Stafford

3. Austin Colby Brooke Point

285 pounds

1. Wyatt Carroll, Culpeper

2. Wayland Strong, Massaponax

3. Carlos Herring, North Stafford

 

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