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Sports · February 18, 2014

Falcons grapplers show mettle with 4 region titles

Photos/Mark Trible
Fauquier sophomore Garrett Tingen grapples with Eastern View's Austin Jenkins in the 145-pound title match Monday in the Group 4A North regional tournament. Tingen won the match, 7-2.
Photos/Mark Trible
Falcons junior Daniel Ariola defeated Millbrook's Ryan Meushaw for the 113-pound title, 6-1.
Photos/Mark Trible
Freshman Kyle Roche earned the 126-pound championship with late pin of Woodgrove's Dylan Shockey. "I didn't look at the clock or the score," he said.
Photos/Mark Trible
Matt Raines won his second consecutive region title when he pinned Chancellor's Mark Weinstock with 39 seconds left in the match's first round. Raines missed last year's state championships with a concussion.
Photos/Mark Trible
Liberty's George Ngoh wrestles Sherando's Jacob Guthridge in the consolation final of the 132-pound class. Ngoh fell, but qualified for the state tournament this weekend.
He keeps coming at you and just keeps beating on you until you submit.
— Fauquier Coach Doug Fisher on his 145-pound regional champ, Garrett Tingen
Fauquier’s wrestling team placed four grapplers in the 4A North Region finals Monday at Eastern View High.

Each quartet member took first place.

“Our finalists not only got there, but they made a statement,” Falcons Coach Doug Fisher said.

Daniel Ariola claimed Fauquier’s first title. The 5-foot-3 junior defeated Millbrook’s Ryan Meushaw in the 113-pound division, 6-1.

Ariola picked up Meushaw several times and threw him around the mat. He held a 2-0 lead after the first round and 6-0 advantage after two frames.

“He had a little bit of an attitude,” Ariola said. “I thought I’d put him in his place.”

The Hume resident improved his record to 38-3 on the season and 84-15 in his career.

Fisher called Ariola “unstoppable” when he attacks the opponent.

Freshman Kyle Roche followed Ariola with a win in one of the finals’ most exciting matches.

The 15-year-old battled Woodgrove’s Dylan Shockey in the 126-pound class.

Neither wrestler earned a point through the first two minutes. Roche took a 2-1 lead into the final round.

Shockey tied the match at 2-2, but Roche took a 4-2 advantage with 1:11 left. With just 29 seconds left, Shockey trimmed the score to 4-3.

With momentum firmly on Shockey’s side, Roche attacked and pinned the Woodgrove grappler with only 8.4 seconds remaining.

“You’ve just gotta keep wrestling,” the 5-foot-6 Roche said. “That’s the only thing in my head. . . . I didn’t look at the clock or the score.”

Roche’s approach exemplified Fisher’s strategy.

“I preach keep looking for points, keep looking to score,” the Falcons coach said. “When Kyle sees someone on their heels, he attacks.”

The 126-pound champ improved to 34-8 this year.

Matt Raines followed Roche’s pin with one of his own in the 138 division. His match against Chancellor’s Mark Weinstock lasted little longer than 80 seconds.

Last season, Raines won the regional crown at 132 pounds, but couldn’t compete in states due to a concussion.

He placed third at 113 pounds his freshman year.

“I’m excited,” Raines said. “I started a little slow I guess (against Weinstock), but he got in a bad position and I saw the pin.”

The last of Fauquier’s four finalists competed in the day’s most anticipated match.

Sophomore Garrett Tingen faced Eastern View’s Austin Jenkins, who finished as a state runner-up last season.

Jenkins came into the match with a 41-6 record and two consecutive regional titles.

Tingen pinned the Cyclones’ star in last week’s Conference 22 final. While he didn’t pin Jenkins on Monday, he frustrated the stocky grappler en route to a 7-2 win.

“He sorta knew me better since we wrestled last week,” Tingen said. “He tried to keep me on my feet but it still didn’t work very well.”

Fisher didn’t mince words when asked of his sophomore – who now owns a 38-4 record.

“Every kid that gets pinned by Tingen and his coach says it’s a fluke,” Fisher said. “When they face him again, they rarely make it six minutes.

“If they do make it, they wish they hadn’t. He keeps coming at you and just keeps beating on you until you submit.”

The Falcons coach thinks each of his four winners “have a legitimate shot” at state titles.

Clifford Harrison’s third-place finish in the 152-pound class rounded out Fauquier’s state qualifiers.

Liberty’s George Ngoh took fourth among 132 pounders and will also compete at states.

Sherando took top-team honors with 194.5 points. The Falcons completed the meet in second place with 161.

Kettle Run will send two wrestlers to the state finals in Salem this weekend.

Both Cameron O’Connor (132) and Adam Bresson (195) earned second-place medals in the 3A East regionals on Monday at John Champe High.


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