Wildcats sweep tri-meet
FRONT ROYAL — The Red-hot Warren County High School wrestling kept rolling along Wednesday night, claiming its second match of the season in convincing fashion at its Bull Run District tri-meet.
The Wildcats, who claimed their own duals tournament early in the season, trounced Central 80-0 and Manassas Park 53-21 to run its dual record to 12-2 after three matches.
Last weekend, the ‘Cats finished runner-up to Group 4A school Eastern View at a tournament at Sherando High School. Warren County, a 3A school, bested its 4A hosts in the semifinal round.
Against Manassas Park, Warren County shook off a 15-12 deficit to win seven of the subsequent nine individual tests to rout the Cougars.
Manassas Park finished 1-1, having beaten Central (0-2) 63-12.
Individually, Warren’s Brett Binnix (106), Kevin Cruz (113), Zach Beckner (120), John Coffron (126), Tristan Ward (152), Jacob Schneider (170), Nathan Johnson (182), Zach Smith (195), and Connor McMackin (heavyweight) all finished 2-0.
In the rubber match, Cougars 145-pounder Fabian Rodriguez (2-0), who finished third in the 3A state tournament a year ago, decisioned Tyler Schanholtz 6-2 to give his team a brief 15-12 lead, but the Wildcats rebounded nicely.
After a brief tie at 18, six of seven Wildcats pinned their opponents.
Warren County got the first 12 points of the match when Manassas Park forfeited at 120 and 126 pounds.
The Wildcats’ Beckner, who was state runner-up at 106 last year, failed to break a sweat at 120 as Central forfeited his match earlier.
“It’s tough to give up 12 points at first with forfeits, but you have to hand it to Warren County. They’re scrappers, I like to call them. It’s what I like my guys to be,” said Manassas Park coach Brett Jenkins.
Jenkins said his team was wrestling without four starters due to “concussion symptoms . . . which is something you don’t often see in wrestling. I’m not sure they’re all what you’d call concussions but with today’s situation the way it is (with concussions), you’ve got to follow protocol. I’ve got three kids myself, so I wouldn’t want them wrestling either.”
Meanwhile, Warren County was fighting the lingering effects of flu-like symptoms.
Warren County coach Matt Wadas said his team was suffering traces of the ailment after completing its action at Sherando.
“Some of our guys made weight, but I’m sure they didn’t want to make it this way [sick],” Wadas said.
“It was good to see them fight through it and win tonight to get us ready for [a tournament] at Turner Ashby this weekend.”
Wadas grew up wrestling in Pennsylvania, where he said the tradition was to wrestle during the week.
“When I was wrestling we only had two tournaments — everything else was a mid-week duals,” Wadas said. “That’s the way they did it. Go up there today and that’s what you’ll find.
“Truthfully, I’d like to get back to doing it that way in Virginia. I mean, who wants to sit through a match all day on Saturday when you can have duals and tris in the middle of the week?
“I saw some students here tonight at our match that I don’t often see on the weekends. I think the fans like it (mid-week wrestling). It’s easier to follow and goes a lot quicker.”
The tri-meet lasted just less than 2 1/2 hours.