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Dominant General: Stonewall's Ryan cruises to regional title
By Dennis Atwood - firstname.lastname@example.org
STRASBURG -- Lucas Ryan barely broke a sweat at the Region B tournament.
The Stonewall Jackson senior needed only a combined 2:24 (:26, :13, :44, and 1:01) to pin all four of his opponents and win the 285-pound regional title Saturday at Strasburg. Ryan, the defending Group A state champion in the weight class, improved to 37-0 on the season.
Ryan's longest match was his 1:01 championship pin of Riverheads' Franklin Miller.
"I don't know [if my success] is because of upper body strength," Ryan said. "It's really core strength that you need in wrestling. Just because you can bench 400 pounds, doesn't mean you can throw around another guy.
"[Miller's] a strong guy, and knows his defenses. He's as strong, if not stronger, than me. It's just technique that wins over strength any day."
"[Ryan's] just a great athlete," Generals coach Jerry Franklin said. "He's good all around for his size -- speed, strength. He's the best that's come through here in a long time."
Manassas Park won the Region B title with 251.5 points, which included four champions and four second-place finishers. Strasburg placed second with 150 points, a mere half-point ahead of third place Stonewall Jackson's 149.5, Clarke County took fourth place with 132, and Central's 40 points put them in 17th out of 20 teams.
Ryan's teammate and fellow state champion, Ricky Tisinger, got a bye in the first round and rode a pin and tech fall to the final. In the final he earned a tough 6-5 decision over William Monroe's Doug Sizemore to capture the 195-pound title.
Sizemore took a narrow lead early in the tussle. Tisinger moved into his first lead, 6-5, at 1:57 in the second period, and maintained that narrow edge until the final buzzer.
"[Sizemore's] a good wrestler and a good friend," said Tisinger, who is now 50-1 on the season. "He's always a good, hard match to wrestle."
With the top four wrestlers in each class advancing to the state tournament, three additional Stonewall Jackson wrestlers advanced to states. Ryan Pugh (170, second), Steven Salina (182, third), and John Michael Pirtle (220, third) are all headed to Salem for the Generals.
Strasburg freshman Nic Campbell pinned his way through the first three rounds, and was aggressive early in defeating Manassas Park's Fabian Rodriguez, 6-0, for the 113-pound championship. The win improved his record to 47-1 on the year.
Campbell beat Rodriquez, 5-2, in last week's Bull Run District tournament.
"I knew [Rodriguez] was gonna be coming after me, so I just wanted to take him down early," Campbell said. "I knew if I went out there aggressive, I could beat him by more and leave no doubt on that."
Other Rams earning a trip to states were Hunter Dean (106, second), Michael Capone (120, third), Michael Stokes (132, fourth) and Todd Dean (138, second).
Todd Dean, who had three pins in the earlier rounds, was pinned in 1:45 by Chatham's Marcus Clements.
"It was the first time [Todd Dean and Chandler] have wrestled," Rams coach Trey Kirkland said. "It was an even match early, then Todd just got caught trying to get in for a takedown. If it had gone the full three periods, I think it would have gone our way. Especially when you're wrestling somebody that big and strong, every move has its rewards and risks. And you have to weigh them out and make sure it's set up good."
Central junior Skylar Wolf fell behind early, then achieved a near-pin of Manassas Park's Marvin Escobar, with 20 seconds remaining in the match, to solidify a 9-5 decision for the 132-pound championship.
"It was real tough," Wolf said. "In the first period, he was excellent with his shots and that put me down by two points going into the second period, so I just had to wrestle really well on the mat.
"I got that ball-and-chain in and got the three backs, as well as a reversal, to come back up with the win. I knew I had to turn him to have that buffer, and I got it, and that felt awesome."
Kaleb Orndorff (138, third) will join Wolf in representing Central at states.
Clarke County advanced six wrestlers to the regional semifinals, but none were able to move on to the championship round.
The Eagles qualifying for states were Guido Marasco (113, fourth), Johnny Longerbeam (145, fourth), Joe Nappi (152, third), Ben Wallace (160, third), and Levi Hagerdon (220, fourth).
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