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Prep Wrestling Capsules

—COMMONWEALTH DISTRICT—

BROOKE POINT

Coach: Bill Hewitt

Last year: Sixth in district

Top returners: Sr. Joe Graziano; So. Shane Ice; So. Josh Deutel; Jr. Ryan Cox; Jr. Dorien Bryant.

Top newcomers: Jr. Mike Deal.

Outlook: Just one senior will join a lineup full of sophomores and juniors. But the Black–Hawks did have a big turnout for tryouts.

COLONIAL FORGE

Coach: Bill Swink

Last year: Commonwealth District, Northwest Region and Group AAA state champions

Top returners: Sr. Bryce Gentry; So. J.D. Stone; Sr. Tony Neis; Sr. Sean Murphy; Sr. Zach Martinez; Jr. Adam Sinnott; Sr. Matt Beauleau.

Top newcomers: Jr. Curtis Harris; Jr. Dylan Hunziker; Fr. Josh Nail; So. Patrick Grayson; So. Anthony Carter; Jr. Chris Carter.

Outlook: The Eagles return a solid core with five all-state wrestlers and seven starters along with some very strong newcomers. Forge has a chance to again contend for a state title.

MASSAPONAX

Coach: Doug Milburn

Last year: Eighth in district

Top returners: Jr. A.J. Forbes (126/120); Sr. Trevor Hampton (132); Sr. Dallas Daniels (160); Sr. Nick Raymer (170); Jr. Javonte Latney (220).

Top newcomers: Fr. Max Larimore (106); Fr. Mike Rinker (106); So. Brandon Blankenship (152); Jr. Steven Sobczak (285).

Outlook: The Panthers graduated just one senior and—for the first time in six years—will have their coach back for a second season. Those two factors alone should help Massaponax be more competitive this winter.

MOUNTAIN VIEW

Coach: Frank DeBerry

Last year: Fourth in district

Top returners: So. Josue Beltran (120); Jr. Jared Swan (160); Jr. Benjamin Bullin (145).

Top newcomers: Fr. Trevor Watkins (132).

Outlook: DeBerry thinks the Wildcats can improve on their 26–13 dual record from last year and maybe move up in the district tournament. Beltran finished fourth in the state last year at 113.

NORTH STAFFORD

Coach: Nate Murphy

Last year: Fifth in district

Top returners: Willie Inserra; Dylan Thompson; Jacob Ralph; Terrence Kelly.

Top newcomers: Sr. Tyler Buntin; Jr. CHristian Mayorga; So. Adam Schmitt.

Outlook: A young team will join Murphy in his first season as the Wolverines’ coach. They still hope to finish in the top four this season. Thompson was second in Northwest Region last year and Inserra was on his way to a good season before he was derailed by injury.

ORANGE

Coach: John Kayajanian

Last year: Second in district

Top returners: Sr. Ryan Almond (152); Sr. Sean Raftery (160); Sr. Billy Knabe (285); Sr. Zach Ryder; Sr. Hugh Morris; Sr. Tyler Dodson; So. Bruce Schlegel (145); Jr. Isiah Coleman–Combs.

Top newcomers: Fr. Corey Champion (106).

Outlook: Kayajanian thinks this will be the strongest team Orange has had in some time, with a host of wrestlers hoping to qualify for the Northwest Region tournament. Almond and Raftery were both in the top eight at the state meet last year.

RIVERBEND

Coach: Mark Roberts

Last year: Seventh in district

Top returners: Sr. Kord Kreiger (138); Sr. Kyle Kreiger (145); Jr. VInnie Pirrone (160); Sr. Jamie Deason (220).

Outlook: The roster depth has improved and three regional qualifiers return, plus Deason, who should be strong at 220 this fall.

STAFFORD

Coach: Brandon Gilbert and Daniel Gilbert

Last year: Third in district

Top returners: Sr. Ricky Lee (126); Sr. Nick Polzin (138); Jr. Josh Beacorn (113); Jr. Jordan Beacorn (120); Jr. Devon Bornschein (145/152); So. Cameron Houston (192/220/285); So. Caleb Houston (182); So. Sebastian Silva (220/285).

Top newcomers: Jr. Isaiah Garrett (160/170); Jr. Isaac Garrett (152/160); So. Brian Klei (145/138); So. Robert Schneider (132); So. Kaiden Lewis (170); So. Austin Thompson (285); Fr. David Jett (106); Fr. Cameron Wright (132); Fr. John Hilson (195); Fr. Hunter Moore (285).

Outlook: The Indians are young in age but not experience. Gilbert thinks they can improve on last year’s showing when Stafford had three state qualifiers and two alternates.

—BATTLEFIELD DISTRICT—

CAROLINE

Coach: Steven Swanton

Last year: Fourth in district

CHANCELLOR

Coach: George Holzeworth

Last year: Second in district

Top returners: Joe Cafiero (120); Vinny Cafiero (126); Mark Weinstock (126); J.T. Ganoe (145); Jacob Wishon (145); Nate Garrette (138); Ethan Upperco (182); Brandon Gallahan (195).

Top newcomers: Bryce Steadman (106); Joshua Tuperfill (113); Joe Kregder (132); Nick Guzman (113); Connor Sullivan (220); Thomas Zeigman (113).

Outlook: The Chargers graduated 10 starters from last year and will have to rebuild a bit this season with a younger group.

COURTLAND

Coach: Tracy Waltman

Last year: Third in district

Top returners: So. Douglas Palacios (113); So. Tim Bailey (126); Jr. Tristen King (138); So. Zach Teeple (160); Jr. Jacob Whittaker (170); Sr. Joe Tyson (220); Sr. Shawn Saffy (285).

Top newcomers: Fr. D.J. Ahalt (106); Fr. Alex Simpson (170/182); So. Darius Roman (195).

Outlook: With multiple returning wrestlers, Waltman thinks the Cougars will be very competitive in the district and hopefully push front-runners Chancellor and Eastern View.

CULPEPER

Coach: Dylan Dwyer

Last year: Eighth in district

Top returners: Jr. Cody Vick (170); Jr. Wyatt Carroll (Hwt.); Sr. Dartagnan Dwyer (160); Sr. David Counts (132); Soph. Dakota Brackenridge (220).

Top newcomers: Fr. Ronnie Murphy (106); Fr. Justin Kirby (113); Fr. Tyler Fraizer (138).

Outlook: Dwyer, who is in his first year, said he’s considering this a rebuilding year and hopes to see improvement with every match. Despite being light in some weight classes, a good mix of experience and youth has the 2004 Culpeper graduate thinking the Blue Devils can compete for a top-three spot in the region.

EASTERN VIEW

Coach: Eric Brown

Last year: District champions, third in Region I

Top returners: So. Bryan Ramey (113); Jr. Austin Jenkins (138); Sr. Jamey Lynch (145); Jr. Logan Shurina (160).

Top newcomers: Fr. Yarhoski Aldiva (106); Fr. Bret Shurina (113); So. Cullen Burnett (220).

Outlook: Twelve of 14 starters return from last year’s district championship team and they’re adding a couple of talented freshmen. The Cyclones seem to be an obvious choice as district favorites in the preseason.

KING GEORGE

Coach: Kwan Kim

Last year: Sixth in district

Top returners: Jr. Jacob Tucker (160); Sr. Andy Snyder (132).

Top newcomers: Sr. Alon Clipper (160); Fr. Kirk Hunter (120).

Outlook: It’s a new coach and a green team at King George this year. Tucker was eighth last year in the state and Snyder started 10–0 before an injury sidelined his season.

SPOTSYLVANIA

Coach: Jeff Jenkins

Last year: Seventh in district

Top returners: Jr. Tre Evans (120); Sr. Dominic Cronin (Sr.); So. Josh Stacy (145); Jr. James Anderson (152); So. Josh Thomas (170); Sr. Thomas Campbell (220).

Top newcomers: So. Josh Miller (126); Fr. Raekwon Ware (132); So. Eddie Whelan (160); Fr. Zack McLaren (182); Fr. Austin Spillman (285).

Outlook: The Knights had to forfeit five weight classes last year; that won’t be the case this season with a full lineup and a team that’s grown from nine wrestlers to 30. They’re still young, but the future is bright.

—OTHER SCHOOLS—

LOUISA

Coach: Dan Bono

Last year: Fourth in Jefferson District

Top returners: Jr. Gavin Pingen (152).

Top newcomers: Fr. Jeffrey Sisk (106).

Outlook: Numbers were an issue last year, but the Lions still placed seven of their eight wrestlers in the top three at the district meet and all of those wrestlers return this year Bono said. The coach said larger turnout this year, more experience on the mats from its returners and newcomers, and the toughness and perseverance built after last year’s tough season will all be keys to how this season turns out.

WASHINGTON & LEE

Coach: Brian Satterwhite

Last year: Northern Neck District champions, third in Region A.

Top returners: Sr. Raskey de Jesus (113); Jr. Moses Ovieedo (120); So. James Snider (130); Sr. Sam McGill (145).

Outlook: Satterwhite was an assistant coach last year, so it’s not a new face taking over the Eagles’ still-young program. Four state qualifiers return, and the new coach thinks the team can do very well in the district and region, and perhaps improve their state tournament showing.

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