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Prep Wrestling Notepad: Eagles, Chargers have edge in district meets
The three-week run to the state wrestling tournaments begins this Saturday with Battlefield and Commonwealth District championships.
Orange hosts the Commonwealth schools beginning at 10 a.m. Finals are expected to start at 5:30 p.m.
Chancellor is the Battlefield’s host, and they’ll start wrestling at 9 a.m. Finals are tentatively set for 6 p.m.
Served with an appropriate grain of salt, here’s a breakdown of each district’s weight classes:
Few doubt that Colonial Forge will win the team title. The Eagles have a clear title contender in 11 of 14 weight classes.
106: This could be an interesting final, with Mountain View senior Jonnydq Lopez against Forge junior Bryce Gentry.
113: Forge freshman Jeff Stone is the pick here. Mountain View’s Junior Beltran gave Stone a close match when they faced off in December.
120: Eagles’ senior Connor Mairena was second in the region last year.
126: Michael Hayes will likely win his third district title.
132: Junior Tony Neis, another Eagle, should be No. 1.
138: Gary Woods won a district title for Riverbend last year; no reason to think he won’t do the same this year. Stafford’s Marcus Brown could challenge.
145: Forge’s Sean Murphy is the favorite, but Mountain View has senior Danny Soares.
152: A rare wide-open weight. Orange’s Ryan Almond has a good chance.
160: Another contender for the host team with junior Sean Raftery. Brooke Point senior Bill Ramsey has already lost to Raftery this year.
170: Forge junior Zach Martinez is back from injury.
182: Eagles senior David Reck is a safe bet to be a
four-time district champ.
195: Call Stafford’s Logan Jackson the favorite, but Forge counters with senior Mark Garrity. They’ve not wrestled this year.
220: The Eagles’ Quinton Winters should be on top. Riverbend’s Steven Sarver could compete, too.
285: Riverbend junior Jamie Deason could have been a contender here, but he’s out with an injury. Orange’s Billy Knabe is the wrestler to watch.
This seems like a two-team race between Chancellor and Eastern View, but at least one district coach Tuesday thought it’s the Chargers’ tournament to win.
106: The first of several Eastern View–Chancellor showdowns, between Cyclones freshman Bryan Ramey, and Chancellor’s Joe Cafiero.
113: Probably down to Chancellor’s Mark Weinstock, or Culpeper’s Andrew McIntyre.
120: This could be a wide-open weight. The Chargers have senior Ian Amory.
126: Chancellor senior Andrew Garrette is a clear pick here.
132: Culpeper’s Jared Engh cqand Chancellor’s Evan Jeffords are two to bet on.
138: Eastern View’s Austin Jenkins is the clear favorite.
145: Courtland’s Casey Wiseman missed time this year, but he was a state qualifier last year.
152: Eastern View’s Logan Shurina should win.
160: King George sophomore Jacob Tucker has a good shot at a district title.
170: Chancellor’s Ethan Uppercoe is a good pick here.
182: Another Charger—Senior Garrett Husar.
195: Chancellor’s Brandon Gallahan is the favorite.
220: Culpeper’s Chris Dejarnette is solid, but Courtland’s David Montesoinos could surprise.
285: Chancellor’s Matt Rector may be No. 1, but Eastern View, Courtland and Culpeper have good wrestlers here, too.