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Prep Wrestling Notepad: Quantity is Eagles’ edge for state meet

The numbers are in Colonial Forge’s favor at this weekend’s Group AAA state wrestling tournament.

The Eagles’ 11 participants are at least three more than any other team, and their five region champions are also the most for any of the 84 schools who advanced wrestlers out of regions.

Wrestling begins at noon Friday at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax. Quarterfinals are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Championship semifinals are at noon Saturday, with individual finals scheduled to start at 7:30.

Three other schools have eight wrestlers going this weekend—Matoaca, Ocean Lakes and Westfield. Forest Park, Hanover and Robinson have seven each.

If Matoaca, Ocean Lakes and Westfield are the Eagles’ biggest obstacle, the team championship should be decided in the first eight weight classes, where all three schools have advanced at least six wrestlers.

At 106 pounds, Colonial Forge’s Bryce Gentry faces Westfield’s Gabe Ryan in the first round.

At 113, Forge, Matoaca and Westfield have region runners-up, and Ocean Lakes fields the Eastern Region champion.

At 120, Colonial Forge, Matoaca and Ocean Lakes each won region titles, and Westfield’s region runner-up could face Ocean Lakes’ Eddie Bray in the second round.

At 126 and 192, Colonial Forge and Matoaca each send regional champions to the mat.

The Eagles have a huge edge from 170 pounds and up. Forge has four wrestlers in those five weights, including region champions Zach Martinez (170) and David Reck (182). Only Hanover can match that total in the upper weights.

Matoaca has a lone wrestler at 192, a region champion, and Ocean Lakes, Westfield and Forest Park have two each in the heavier classes.

—Justin Rice