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Sports · February 26, 2014

Three FHS wrestlers win state titles; team places 2nd

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Fauquier's wrestling team set school records in its second-place finish in the 4A state finals in Salem last weekend.
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Sophomore Garrett Tingen (L), junior Matt Raines (C) and junior Daniel Ariola (R) sport their gold medals. The three combined for a 124-11 record this season.
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Ariola took the 113-pound title with a 5-2 win over Millbrook's Ryan Meushaw. "I was ecstatic. I couldn’t control myself. I didn’t even think about it but I flexed as soon as I won to get all my energy out," Ariola said.
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Raines dominated the 138-pound division with two pins en route to his title. "I just lied there and listened to the crowd cheering," he said.
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Tingen's 145-pound title came courtesy of a 3-2 win over Eastern View's Austin Jenkins. "It feels like you did something by yourself and that experience is a once-in-a-lifetime thing," he said.
The guys really came and left everything on the mat.
— Fauquier Coach Doug Fisher
Fauquier’s wrestling team won a school-record three individual state championships at the Salem Civic Center last Saturday.

Juniors Daniel Ariola and Matt Raines and sophomore Garrett Tingen became the 13th, 14th and 15th state champions in school history.

The Falcons’ strong performance earned a second-place team finish with 90.5 points. Hanover won the state title with 96.

Kyle Roche claimed fourth place in the 126-pound class. Clifford Harrison took fourth in the 152 division.

“The guys really came and left everything on the mat,” Coach Doug Fisher said. “I was really happy with the way they wrestled.”

Each of the state champs faced a rematch with their respective regional finalists in the medal round.

“These guys are year-round wrestlers,” Fisher said. “They put in their time with every opportunity we provide. They’re disciplined with all aspects of things important to wrestling.”

Fisher will lose only one senior off this year’s roster. His goal is a team state title next season.

FHS has never won the team championship.

Daniel Ariola takes 113-pound crown

The 5-foot-3 grappler opened his title run with a pin of Glen Allen’s Austin Farr.

“That was just an icebreaker. I had no idea who the kid was and I just went out and pinned him,” Ariola said.

In Friday’s second round, the 113-pounder encountered his first rematch of the tournament. Ariola wrestled regional semifinalist, Jeffrey Sisk from Louisa.

“I was a little worried,” he said. “We went into overtime; it was a great match. He battled pretty hard and he’s incredibly strong.”

Ariola beat Sisk, 7-2.

Group 4A-North runner-up Ryan Meushaw awaited Ariola in the final. Ariola defeated the Millbrook freshman in the regional title match, 6-1.

“He did a lot better job this time,” Ariola said of Meushaw. “He improved his shot defense and waited for me to make a move.”

The 17-year-old Warrenton resident won, 5-2.

“I was ecstatic. I couldn’t control myself. I didn’t even think about it but I flexed as soon as I won to get all my energy out.”

He finished with a 41-3 record this season. His career record is 87-15.

Ariola moves cars for Summit Motors in Warrenton. He hopes to graduate from college and work in the stock market.

Matt Raines dominates 138-pound division

Last season, Raines’ season ended in a regional championship win. A concussion prevented a shot at states.

He rolled through his three matches in Salem for the 138-pound title.

First, Raines pinned Tabb’s Zack Andrews.

“It was just a normal match,” Raines said. “He didn’t have good positioning and he was a bit slow.”

In the second match on Friday, he faced Stanley Smeltzer from Smithfield. Raines scored an 8-0 win.

“My smallest win of the postseason. As I expected, he wasn’t opening up and wrestling very defensive,” he said.

When Raines defeated Chancellor’s Mark Weinstock in the regional final, he pinned the Charger in 80 seconds.

Saturday’s state title round lasted longer with the same result. Raines pinned Weinstock in the second round.

“I was so surprised,” he said of the pin. “I was with (Weinstock) on the podium and he told me it was déjà vu; he didn’t know why he gave it up the second time.”

Raines said supporters told him to “take in the experience” before the final.

“After he called the pin, I didn’t know what to do. I just lied there and listened to the crowd cheering,” Raines recalled.

The 5-foot-10 junior hung his gold medal in his bedroom. He finished 42-4 and improved to 122-18 in his FHS career.

He hopes to wrestle in college and pursue a career in “something helping people; like a teacher or coach.”

Garrett Tingen again conquers Jenkins for gold

The youngest of Fauquier’s state champions, Tingen started his Friday with a 16-0 technical fall of Churchland’s Rudy Castillo.

“It was pretty easy but it was also a good match,” the 16-year-old said. “I got a lot of points from the fast tech fall.”

Tingen’s next opponent offered a tougher challenge. He took an 11-3 semifinal win against Marcus Hendricks of Deep Creek.

“He was pretty good on his feet and good at sprawling,” Tingen said. “I worked a tilt on him, and in the second period he went neutral.

“He had strong legs and wouldn’t give them up, it was a closer match.”

In the state final, Tingen faced Eastern View’s Austin Jenkins for the third consecutive week.

He pinned Jenkins in the Conference 22 title match. In the regional final, Tingen won a 7-2 decision for the 145-pound crown.

Saturday, he faced his newfound nemesis again.

“I was nervous and really excited to get the match over with. I had to be careful and focused in the match; it was a really good match,” Tingen said.

Neither wrestler scored in the first round. In the second period, Jenkins chose to be on bottom.

“I held him down on the mat the whole round and it’s hard to hold someone down for two minutes,” the 5-foot-10 grappler said.

Tingen needed the full two minutes of suppression as he took the final round for a 3-2 win. A reversal in the second might have forced overtime.

“I was just so happy everyone was cheering for me,” he said. “It feels like you did something by yourself and that experience is a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”

He plans to wrestle at 152 pounds next year.

Can he nab gold in a higher class?

“It’ll be a good goal to make. There’s a good possibility I’ll be able to do that,” he said.

Tingen hunts and rides all-terrain vehicles in his free time. His career record is 83-15 after this year’s 41-4 mark.

VIDEO: Ariola and Raines prepare for states.

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