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Group AAA Wrestling Tournament: Reck, Eagles grasp state crowns
BY JUSTIN RICE
FAIRFAX—David Reck stood alone at the center of the mat, his arm finally raised in victory at the end of a state tournament.
He stood by himself but clearly not alone—it took a host of Eagles to reach this point.
Reck won the Group AAA 182-pound title, and Colonial Forge—with 10 state place-winners—won its fourth state team title Saturday at Robinson Secondary School.
Reck dominated his weight class, like the Eagles dominated the team standings.
Colonial Forge had 152.5 team points, nearly more than any other two schools combined.
“We thought it could come this year,” Forge coach Bill Swink said. “All year it’s been about a total team effort, and I think that’s what we had this weekend.”
The Eagles had four third-place finishers, two fourths, two fifths, and one seventh.
And then there was Reck, finally capturing the state title that he came oh so close to claiming the previous two years, when he finished second.
“I wasn’t smiling last year,” said Reck, who finished 56–1 this season and 168–24 for his career. “I’m smiling this year. I think everybody’s smiling.”
Reck wrecked the 182-pound bracket Friday and Saturday.
He ended his first three matches with first-period pins. His final was a 19–7 major decision against Tyler Young of Freedom–Loudoun County.
Young’s points all came from Reck releasing him to get the match back to neutral.
Reck’s title is the 13th individual championship for the Eagles, among 10 different wrestlers.
“He had a great tournament,” Swink said. “He was very focused. He’s been disappointed for years.
“He’s a great kid, a hard worker and a great person. I’m glad he got it.”
Forge’s only team hiccup came during Saturday’s semifinals.
The Eagles took six wrestlers into that round, but only Reck survived.
Michael Hayes wrestled defending state champion Dane Harlowe of Annandale in the 126-pound semifinals, and Hayes had a 6–3 lead to start the third period, with the choice of positions. His coaches wanted him to take neutral; Hayes opted to start on the bottom, instead.
“I probably shouldn’t have done that,” he said.
Hayes held off Harlowe’s determined effort until the final 10 seconds of the match, but the Eagles’ senior finally was turned to his back, and Harlowe scored three near-fall points to tie the match.
Harlowe took Hayes down to the mat early in the overtime and won 8–6.
Though the semifinal round was disappointing, the Eagles were strong in the consolation bracket. Hayes (126), Connor Mairena (120), Mark Garrity (195) and Quinton Winters (220) all finished third. Bryce Gentry (106) and Zach Martinez (170) were fourth. Jeff Stone (113) and Tony Neiss (132) placed fifth. And Sean Murphy (145) was seventh.
“We lost a lot of close matches there in the semifinals,” Swink said.
“We came back and wrestled well. It shows a lot of character in the kids. They believe in themselves, and they feel like they worked hard and deserved it.”
For Hayes, missing out on an individual title was bitter, but the team title was mission accomplished.
“It means so much,” the senior said. “That’s all we’ve been talking about all year, and that’s all coach has been preaching—we’re all working towards the same thing. We’re all working towards the team title.”
Reck was a freshman the last time Colonial Forge won the state title.
“The absence of not having it for that two years,” Reck said, “it just makes you want it that much more.
“After the two years of not having [the team title], it’s an indescribable feeling.”
TEAM SCORES: 1. Colonial Forge 152.5; 2. Robinson 87; 3. Matoaca 67.5; 4. Annandale 65.5; 21. Stafford 26; 35. Orange 16; 37. Mountain View 14.5; 48. Riverbend 7; 57. North Stafford 4; t-64.Brooke Point 2.
106: 1. 106—Sean Badua (OP) d. Tommy Aloi (Forest Park) 5–1. 3. Hunter Manley (So. County) d. Bryce Gentry (CF) 2–1.
113: 1. Dalton Henderson (O. Lakes) md. Eric Merriam (GB) 15–4; 3. Corey Leonard (T. Dale) pin Josue Beltran (MV) 2:19; 5. Jeff Stone (CF) inj. def. Ibrahim Bunduka (TC Williams).
120: 1. Neal Richards (Matoaca) md. Robert Dooley (Madison) 20–7; 3. Connor Mairena (CF) md. Eddie Bracy (O. Lakes) 8–0.
126: 1. Dane Harlowe (Annandale) tfall Steven Cotnoir (Hick.) 15–0; 3. Michael Hayes (CF) md. Kyle Gordon (Matoaca) 9–1.
132: 1. Christian Olanowski (Kellam) d. Henry Majano (Wakefield) 5–4; 5. Tony Neis (CF) pin Jerry Ronnau (Midlo) 0:54. Alex Turley (T. Dale) pin Ryan Almond (Or) 3:57.
138: 1. Santiago Valdez (Robinson) d. Taylor Misuna (Grassfield) 5–4.
145: 1. Brooks Martino (Robinson) d. Zach Kechter (Salem) 3–2; 7. 145—Sean Murphy (CF) md. Justin Trent (Col. Heights) 8–0.
152: 1. Beau Donahue (Westfield) d. Kevin Johnson (Forest Park) 3–1; 5. Alex Turley (T. Dale) pin Ryan Almond (Or) 3:57.
160: 1. Cody Allala (Hopewell) md. Ryan Forrest (So. Lakes) 14–2; 7. Sean Raftery (Orange) d. Mason Mele (Hick.) 6–5.
170: 1. Tanner Tinsley (Hanover) d. Ryland O’Brian (F. Colonial) 3–1; 3. Gunter Dickson (Cox) d. Zach Martinez (CF) 4–2.
182: 1. David Reck (CF) md. Tyler Young (Free–LC) 19-7.
195: 1. Logan Jackson (St) d. Aaron Rowe (In. River) 1–0; 3. Mark Garrity (CF) d. Omar Howard (Midlo.) 3–1.
220: 1. Ali Ali Musa (Annandale) d. Eldon Valery (Lands.) 2–0; 3. Quinton Winters (CF) d. Marcus Beckwith (Meadowbrook) 3–2; 5. Henry Reeves (Hanover) d. Steven Sarver (Rb) 2–1.
285: 1. DaQuante Timbers (Free–LC) p. Jake Pinkston (Robinson) 2:10.
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