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Northwest Region Wrestling Meet: Hornets meeting challenge so far




MONTCLAIR—While Colonial Forge’s wrestling team was starting its march toward another Northwest Region wrestling title, Orange set its sights on slightly more modest goals: Just get wrestlers through to next week survive for the state tournament, the Hornets’ first since moving up to Group AAA this year.

So far, so good, for both the Eagles and Hornets.

Colonial Forge has wrestlers alive in the championship bracket in 10 of 14 weight classes, and Orange advanced four to the semifinals Friday at the Northwest Region tournament at Forest Park High School. Wrestling continues Saturday, and the top four of each weight class advance to next weekend’s state tournament. A consolation round begins at 10 a.m., and the championship semifinals are set for noon. The tournament finals are scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

Colonial Forge already has a commanding lead in the team standings over Forest Park and Franklin County. The Eagles are considered state title contenders and were an overwhelming favorite to win their 11th straight region title.

But for Orange—at least at the beginning of the season—the expectations were different. Could the Hornets, a moderately successful Group AA team, make the transition up to Group AAA?

Their trio of middle weights has answered with a resounding yes.

Ryan Almond won a 7–2 decision in his 152-pound quarterfinal. Sean Raftery was in control in an 8–2 quarterfinal win at 160. And at 170, Zach Ryder scored a reverse and three near-fall points to tie up his quarterfinal late in the third period, and then won with an overtime takedown.

“Forge is by far the best team,” said Orange coach John Kayajanian, who also watched Hornets heavyweight Billy Knabe advance to the semifinals with a pin 34 seconds into his match. “But our goal is to get guys into the state, and so far we’re halfway there.”

Almond, Raftery and Ryder have benefited from being packed together in weight.

“Ryan and Sean, they have two different styles and they’re both great,” Ryder said. “To have that every day at practice, it’s just great for us.”

Raftery and Almond had already won and were able to watch Ryder’s last-second comeback.

“That was awesome,” Raftery said. “He has a lot of heart. Whatever he has to do, he’s going to get it done.”

Ryder wasn’t sure exactly what the score was, but he knew he trailed with the final seconds ticking off the clock. “I just knew I had to hit something,” he said. “I was running out of time.”

His opponent, Franklin County’s Derick Kromer had control, but Ryder was able to lock his arm around Kromer’s head, and flip the advantage. Kromer landed on his back with Ryder in control, and the three back points tied the match, 7–7.

Things went mostly as planned for Colonial Forge. The Eagles’ 13 wrestlers all won first-round matches or advanced on byes. They’ll have entries in 10 of the first 12 weight class semifinals tomorrow. Maybe the only miss was at 220 pounds, where Commonwealth District champion Quinton Winters lost 3–1 on an overtime takedown to Freedom–Loudoun County’s Chris Freda.

Mountain View’s Jonny Lopez won his 106-pound quarterfinal with a pin 56 seconds into the match. And Stafford 195-pound senior Logan Jackson was very impressive with two first-day pins: in 2:36 in the first round, and 2:25 in the quarterfinals against Anthony Robinson of Patrick Henry High School.


    106: Jonny Lopez (MV) p. Anthony Chau (Fr–LC) 0:56; Tommmy Aloi (FP) maj. dec. Isaiah Foster (FC) 10-2; Bryce Gentry (CF) dec. Matt Asper (BF) 9–4; Sean Badua (OP) maj. dec. Josh Beacorn (St) 9–1.

    113: Jeff Stone (CF) dec. Akhil Gowda (BR) 3–1; Brian Raley (FP) maj. dec. Drew Holden (FC) 11–3; Josue Beltran (MV) maj. dec. Herbert Berios (Os) 14–3; Luis Aceves (OP) p. Ryan Bearon (St) 2:48.

    120: Connor Mairena (CF) p. Brian Belcher (SJ) 3:43; Telvis Betts (GW) p. Nathan Matice (WB) 1:22; Angel Rios (BR) dec. Garrett Bullin (NS) 11–9; Skyler Trumpower (FP) p. Joe Sorrentino (St) 3:11.

    126: Michael Hayes (CF) p. Caleb Peltzer (BF) 3:13; Jack Applegate (FP) maj. dec. Chris Wilson (PH) 18-4; Dylan Thompson (NS) dec. Matt Allison (Fr–LC) 1-0; Jared Mills (FC) p. Christian Gillet (Pa) 3:45.

    132: Tony Neis (CF) p. Austin Conrow (OP) 3:37; Nathan Tabelon (Os) maj. dec. John McAllister (Po) 11–0; John Stiles (PH) dec. Kirk Sweeney (Or); Dennis Gustafson (FP) t-fall Russell Ramsey (BP) 21–6.

    138: Gary Woods (CF) maj. dec. Nick Cooper (OP) 13–2; Kyle Hollcroft (Os) t-fall Eli Becker (FP) 16-0; Marcus Brown (St) dec. Jarred Brown (FC) 7–4; Emmitt Kelly (Fr–PW) maj. dec. Neil Hartman (BR) 9–0.

    145: Sean Murphy (CF) maj. dec. Will Ford (PH) 13–0; Christian Garcia (Os) p. Zach Lanman (WB) 2:26; Drew Brock (FC) dec. Mike Benner (Or) 2-0; Justus Weaver (BF) dec. Josh Johnson (OP) 7–1.

    152: Ryan Almond (Or) dec. Mike James 7–2; Alex Gowers (OP) maj. dec. Mustafa Ahmet (BR) 13–3; Justin Altice (FC) dec. Adam Sinonott (CF) 10–4; Kevin Johnson (FP) p. Jacob Gwaltney (NS) 3:25.

    160: Sean Raftery (Or) dec. Jawaun Lee (GF) 8–2; Tony Campos (OP) dec. John Orama (CF) 5-4; Bill Ramsey (BP) dec. Chris McDonough (FC) 4–2; Mark Darr (Hy) p. Vinny Pirrone (Rb) 1:11.

    170: Zach Ryder (Or) dec. Derick Kromer (FC) 9–7; Anthony Olsen (Pa) default Codie Bowers (Hy); Zach Martinez (CF) t–fall Pat Haggerty (Fr–LC) 20-5; Alex Thomas (BF) dec. Steven Wittenberg (OP) 6–3.

    182: Jon Altice (FC) dec. Cody Zeman (WB) 9–5; Tyler Young (Fr–LC) dec. Phillip Onuoma (GF) 5–1; David Reck (CF) p. Zach Catron (Pa) 2:50; Hayden Mosher (FP) dec. Robin Garcia (Os) 7–2.

    195: Mark Garrity (CF) dec. Alveno Mathews (FC) 3–0; Brandon Frazier (MV) p. Brendan Kammerdeiner (Fr–LC) 2:45; Logan Jackson (St) p. Anthony Robinson (PH) 2:25; Otari Somkhishvili (OP) d. Luis Mendez (Os) 3–2.

    220: Mason Maples (FC) p. Steven Sarver (Rb) 1:29; Jake Payne (BF) maj. dec. Gerald Turley (Po) 11-1; Chris Freda (Fr–LC) dec. Quinton Winters (CF) 3-1; Thomas DeLeon (SF) dec. Andrew Babeu (OP) 7–0.

    285: 5Shaun Greer (FC) p. Shawn Scudder (BP) 1:50; DaQuante Timbers (Fr–LC) p. Justin Kanson (OP) 2:36; Billy Knabe (Or) p. Talik Martin (GW) 0:34; James Vawter (FP) dec. Ryan Newton (BF) 6–0.

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