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Sports · February 15, 2015

Falcons score impressive win at wrestling regional

Photo/Debora Johnson Franklin
Fauquier team bonds on mat waiting for action to resume Saturday at the 4A North wrestling tournament. The Falcons won the team competition and three individuals won weight-class championships. Fauquier sends nine to this week's state championship while Liberty sends one wrestler.
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Fauqier's Garrett Tingen wrestling James Wood's Jimmy Woznak in a 152-pound semifinal match. Tingen, who won the weight-class championship took Woznak down with a 9-4 decision.
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Rico Bumbrey, Liberty's lone entrant in this week's 4A state championship, is declared the winner of a 3-1 decision in the championship bracket quarterfinal against Amherst County's Zach Tyree. Bumbrey lost his next match, falling to the consolation bracket where he wound up winning the 182-lb. final, for third place in the tournament.
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Kyle Roche took a first-round pin over Woodgrove's Joey Sgarella at 132 pounds in his opener Friday night. Roche finished second to three-time state champion Bryan Ramey of Eastern View (1-0 decision).
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Trevor Marable takes a 6-4 decision over C.J. Mills of Loudoun County in a 145-lb. match Friday. Marable won the consolation final for third in the weight class.
I wish we would have gotten a couple more through to help us (in Salem). But as (former U.S. Secretary of Defense) Donald Rumsfeld said: ‘You go to war with the army that you have; not the army you want.'
— Fauquier head wrestling Coach Doug Fisher
Heading to Salem

Wt. Class: Athlete – Seed

106: Kyle Budd – 2

113: Ty Foster – 1

120: Daniel Ariola – 3

132: Kyle Roche – 2

138: Matt Raines – 1

145: Trevor Marable – 3

152: Garrett Tingen – 1

160: Clifford Harrison – 3

195: Andrew Smith – 2


Wt. Class: Athlete – Seed

182: Rico Bumbrey – 3

Regional team placements

Place: Team - Score

1st: Fauquier – 234.5

2nd: Eastern View – 136.5

3rd: Jefferson Forest – 134.5

4th: Woodgrove – 123

5th: Amherst County – 115.5

6th: Sherando – 114

7th: James Wood – 94.5

8th: Handley – 89

9th: Louisa County – 88

10th: William Fleming – 77.5

11th: Millbrook – 73

12th: Liberty – 65

13th: E.C. Glass – 56

14th: Loudoun County – 52.5

15th: Courtland – 50

16th: Dominion – 44

17th: George Washington-Danville – 40

18th: Carroll County – 30

19th: Bassett – 27

19th: Salem – 27

21st: Heritage-Leesburg – 25

22nd: Fluvanna County – 19

22nd: Pulaski County – 19

24th: Chancellor – 16

24th: Harrisonburg – 16

26th: Park View-Sterling - 12

27th: King George – 11

28th: Charlottesville – 4
Photos by Debora Johnson Franklin

Current state champions Matt Raines and Garrett Tingen earned individual 4A North regional wrestling titles Saturday, helping to give their Fauquier teammates a regional team championship.

The pair return to Salem next weekend for the 4A state championship and a second try matching their 2014 mark.

Joining them as top seeds at states, scheduled to start Friday afternoon will be transfer 113-pounder Ty Foster, who once wrestled for Woodberry Forest.

“I thought we wrestled well,” Fauquier head Coach Doug Fisher said.

Based on their strength – and the strength of three wrestlers who lost championship bouts – Fauquier easily won the team competition.

The Falcons are sending nine wrestlers to Salem.

Strength of numbers proved the difference for Liberty High School, who sent just one wrestler into the Championship bracket at the start of Day 2.

Freshman Rico Bumbrey (182) lost his semifinal match to eventual winner Dylan Wisman of Millbrook.

Once in the consolation bracket, Bumbrey won a 10-5 decision over Louisa’s Sean Alberts.

Bumbrey will be the lone Eagle in Salem next week.

“We got one to states but I thought we had better chances of having four wrestlers going,” Liberty head Coach Wes Hawkins said.

One example Hawkins used: Marc Ramirez’ bout against Fauquier’s Kyle Budd in the championship semis.

“Marc was winning the match and then Budd pinned him with just one second left in the second round,” Hawkins said.

Coach Hawkins said his team is young and they learned at regions.

“Life goes on and we will start Monday on results to be better next year,” Coach Hawkins said. “That’s a guarantee.”

The Falcons scored an impressive 234.5 points, bettering Conference 22-rival Eastern View, who scored 136.5 points.

“We were able to decisively win the region by almost 100 points and I feel our ‘army’ has the opportunity to challenge Hanover this year,” Coach Fisher said.

Hanover is the defending state 4A champion and also qualified nine wrestlers for states.

Jefferson Forest took third with 134.5 points while Woodgrove (123) and host Amherst (115.5) took fourth and fifth, respectively.

Liberty scored 65 points for 12th place.

Twenty-eight teams participated.

According to Virginia High School League rules, the top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the state tournament.

Joining the Fauquier champions trio in Salem:

Budd, who lost via a fourth-round pin to champion D.J. Ahalt of Courtland. Budd finished second.

Daniel Ariola (120), a current state champion (113) and future Campbell University Camel, beat James Wood’s Matt Artrup in the consolation finals.

The Falcon senior fell to Millbrook's William Meushaw in the championship semis.

Kyle Roche (132) who lost a 1-0 decision to two-time state champion Bryan Ramey of Eastern View. Roche finished second.

“I thought Kyle Budd, Ty, Kyle Roche, Matt and Garrett had outstanding regional tournaments,” Coach Fisher said.

Trevor Marable (145), who came into regions as a fourth-seed, beat Handley’s Harrison Robinson on a 10-3 decision in the consolation final.

The Saint Catherine’s College-bound senior previously lost to Eastern View's Matt Laird in the championship bracket semis.

“Trevor was a great underdog story,” Coach Fisher said.

Clifford Harrison (160) won an 8-0 major over Jefferson Forest’s Taylor Goolsby for third place.

“Clifford and Daniel learned some valuable lessons on the importance of staying on the offense and staying in perfect position that they will take into the state tournament,” Coach Fisher said.

Andrew Smith (195) fell to Amherst’s champion Jeffrey Allen via a first-round pin. Smith finished second.

“Andrew also had an outstanding tournament,” Coach Fisher said. “Although not everyone were champs, they all wrestled consistent, scored bonus for us and in both Budd’s and Roche’s cases, continued to close the gap on guys we may see again at states.”

Four Falcons missed placing in the tournament.

Eric Lemus (182) and Cam Franklin (126), both No. 2 seeds, fell early.

Franklin actually moved to a No. 1 seed after the conference champ withdrew mid-week.

Franklin won one championship bracket match before moving to the consolation round, where he fell in his first match.

Lemus lost his opening match heading directly to the loser’s bracket. He did pick up points before falling in the consolation quarterfinals.

Thomas Palmer (285) also fell in his first match but made it to the consolation quarters where he lost.

And Vito Camarca (170) made it to the championship semis before losing a to eventual champion John Borst of Sherando.

Moving to consolations, Camarca made it to the consolation semis – with a trip to Salem on the line – where he lost to Woodgrove's Jacob David.

He then beat Carroll County's Gavin Scott for fifth place.

“The four guys that didn’t make it out were able to score wins and bonus points for us and contributed substantially to our regional championship,” Coach Fisher said.

But he added, “I wish we would have gotten a couple more through to help us (in Salem). But as (former U.S. Secretary of Defense) Donald Rumsfeld said: ‘You go to war with the army that you have; not the army you want.’”
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