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Sports · January 12, 2015

Falcons beat two nationally-ranked teams in VA Duals

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Fauquier's Garrett Tingen, wrestling in the 152-lb. class against Nazareth, Pa.
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State champion and Campbell University-bound senior Daniel Ariola against Pine-Richland (Pa.). Ariola beat Ben Salas by a 9-1 major decision.
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Kyle Budd won via decision against Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) in the 106 lb. class.
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Kyle Roche against 42nd-ranked McDonogh School (Md.) in the 132-lb. class. Roche lost this 11-3 major bout to Quinn Devaney.
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Matt Raines, a 2014 Virginia Group 4A state champion, eventually won this 138-lb. class with a 7-2 decision over Don Bosco's Dominick Mandarino.
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Trevor Marable (152) won this match via decision against McDonogh School.
Overall, we improved as a team in every match. We are leaving Hampton a much better team than when we arrived.
— Fauquier wrestling Coach Doug Fisher
A South Plainfield, N.J., protest resulted in a first-round loss for Fauquier’s wrestling team, Friday, at the 35th-annual Virginia Duals, held in the Hampton Coliseum.

But moving to the consolation bracket may have made the Falcons (15-5) a better team for the long haul.

Fauquier headed into the weekend’s action ranked third in Virginia among all groups and first in 4A.

By late Saturday evening, Fauquier had beaten two nationally-ranked squads and split two more matches, including a 48-15 consolation quarterfinal loss to Nazareth, Pa.

The Eagles went on to finish fourth in the 16-team National division.

“Every match in this division is a battle,” Fauquier Coach Doug Fisher said.

Given a one-point advantage after finishing the match tied, South Plainfield called foul.

Researching the criteria used to break the 30-30 tie, officials determined they'd erred, giving Fauquier the win.

Continuing down the tie-breaking procedure, eight criteria still produced a tie. The ninth – Criteria I: Most near-falls in the match – altered the landscape in the Tigers’ favor.

Most of the matches in the tournament were close, often decided by one weight class.

According to assistant Coach Ted Proctor, 2015 marked the eighth consecutive year the Falcons had participated in the premier event.

And Proctor added the 3-2 record gave Fauquier its best showing in the venue’s top division.

Daniel Ariola (120), one of three current Falcons who are state champions, led Fauquier in its 33-30 win over Pennsylvania’s Pine-Richland, in the first consolation match.

The senior signed last fall with Campbell University, a NCAA Division I college, and will wrestle in the 125-lb class this fall for the Camels.

The Pine-Richland victory set up a bout with Don Bosco Prep.

The Hermits are currently ranked 30th nationally by and won the Virginia Duals in 2014.

Seven Falcons, including state champion Matt Raines, earned points in the 36-32 win over the New Jersey prep school.

Bosco, took an earlier exit than expected.

“Every wrestler was challenged in the tournament and most responded well,” Fisher said. “We got key wins from most of our wrestlers in all the matches.”

A close 33-32 win over another U.S. top-50 squad came next on the bracket.

McDonogh School, from Maryland, just missed sending Fauquier home. The Owings Mills private school’s national ranking stood at 42 before the tournament.

Five Falcons earned points via falls while Trevor Marable, another Fauquier wrestler already signed for college wrestling earned an 8-2 decision.

Marable will wrestle for Saint Catharine College, a NAIA school, in Kentucky next year.

Rest time between matches factored into the Falcons loss in the consolation quarterfinals.

Nazareth, Pa., who eventually lost to Arvada West (Colo.) for third-place, beat Fauquier, 48-15.

Ariola, state champion Garrett Tingen (152) and Thomas Palmer (285) won decisions and Andrew Smith (195) picked up a forfeit.

6A Colonial Forge, currently the top-ranked team in Virginia, won the tournament with a convincing 42-15 victory over Council Rock-South, Pa.

“Overall, we improved as a team in every match,” Fisher said. “We are leaving Hampton a much better team than when we arrived.”
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