Posted December 19, 2012 | comments Leave a comment

Falcons take one of two on the mat

Central's John Plunkett and Manassas Park's Forest Corado get tied up during Wednesday night wrestling action in Woodstock. Plunkett lost the match. Rich Cooley/Daily

Central’s Skylar Wolf takes control of Manassas Park’s Jose Gutierrez during Wednesday’s wrestling action in Woodstock. Wolf earned his 100th career win in the match. Rich Cooley/Daily

By Dennis Atwood - sports@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- The Central Falcons dropped a 42-30 match to the defending state runner-up Manassas Park Cougars, then topped the William Monroe Green Dragons, 52-21, in wrestling duals hosted by Central on Wednesday night.

Manassas Park also bested William Monroe, 33-22, to take the overall team victory.

Falcons senior Skylar Wolf earned his 100th career win with a 15-0 second period tech-fall against Manassas Park's Jorge Guttierez in the 145-pound weight class.

Wolf, a senior and one of three team captains, has moved up two weight classes from his 2011-2012 state runner-up finish at 132, and is within comfortable striking range of breaking Central's all-time record of 116 wins, held by Hunain Khawaja (2005-2008).

"It would be nice to set a new school record," Wolf said. "I didn't know who I'd be up against tonight, we're actually trying to get all of our team to wrestle, so I switched off with [Thomas Peacemaker].

"My strategy is to usually not worry who I'm wrestling, just go out and do my best against whoever steps out onto the mat."

Central's bout against the Cougars began with the 138 class, and the Falcons moved out to a 15-0 lead as the Cougars forfeited at 138, Wolf earned his tech-fall, and Justin Ruckman decisioned Devon Wheeler, 12-2, at 152.

On the way to the 106 matchup, Manassas Park took the 170 bout, Endi Nolasco over John Plunkett, 10-5, and the 220 match, with Corey Jenkins, ranked first in the state, pinning Jake Ingram in 3:20.

Central forfeited the 160 and 182 classes, and Manassas Park forfeited the 195 and 285 classes, making it 27-21 in favor of the Falcons.

At 106, the Cougars' Robbie Ratchford pinned Falcons freshman Colton Lecraw at 2:45, to establish a 27-27 tie, and Manassas Park won all the remaining matches, finishing with Fabian Rodriquez (defending state 113 runner-up) taking a 9-2 decision over Tony Whetzel at 132 to wrap up the 42-30 team win.

Whetzel, a senior and captain, left that defeat far behind as he pinned William Monroe junior Michael Kleine in 1:17 to wrap up the Falcons' 52-21 win over the Green Dragons.

"[Rodriquez] was a very tough challenge," Whetzel said. "Obviously, he's worthy of anything. He's obviously gonna do good. I just had to forget about it and move on to the next match. One match at a time.

"I like to run cradles and bars and stuff like that, and that was the easiest way to take [Kleine] over at the time. I was expecting a good match, and he put up a good match. I got lucky."

Peacemaker showed Central's depth at 145, pinning William Monroe's Marko Majia-Ramos in 5:17.

Central has three freshmen on its roster, and was without the services of Josh Ingle (junior, 160), Brandon Phillips (junior, 220) and Michael Critz (junior, 285).

"Tony Whetzel wrestled two great matches, a good, good match against Rodriquez and he got a great pin [against Kleine], " Falcons coach Roger Barbee said. "The kids did well. You just can't ask anything better than that.

"We're still trying to get kids at certain weights. Jake Freiwald will be at 182 against Skyline on Saturday, and our 220s are actually 195-pounders. We're working at it, but we're getting there, and it was a good night."

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