Borst sets season pins record, beats rival

John Borst

John Borst

STEPHENS CITY – Sherando sophomore John Borst threw out his winless record against Woodgrove’s Jake David when the two met on the wrestling mat during the two-day Conference 21 duals on Saturday at Millbrook High School.

Borst had previously gone 0-6 against David, which included losses in the 152-pound championship bout at both the Conference 21 and Region 4A North tournaments last year and a defeat at 170 pounds earlier this season. But Borst was determined that Saturday would be different, and it was.

The sophomore reversed his fortunes against David with a 6-3 decision in their 170-pound match this weekend, giving Borst his first win over the 2014 Group 4A state third-place finisher in seven tries.

“It was something else,” Borst said before practice on Wednesday afternoon. “Going into the week I knew the record was back 0-0. Especially after a big win you have to reset, hit the reset button. This year he beat me, [it’s] 0-0 after that. I knew that coming into the match and I came out on top. I’ve worked a lot harder than he has and I knew it, and I went out and executed.”

Borst’s win over David was just one highlight of what proved to be a very successful week for the sophomore. Borst, the Northern Virginia Daily’s Male Athlete of the Week for Jan. 25-31, went a perfect 9-0 with seven pins last week and broke the school record for most pins in a season during a home tri-match with Handley and Washington (West Virginia) on Jan. 28.

Borst’s pin against Washington, his second of the tri-match, gave him 35 pins this season, topping the previous mark of 34 set by Tim Kettlewell and Tim Coffman during the 2006-07 season.

“This is the year to do it because next year the forfeits are going to start walking in. Teams are going to start forfeiting and dad said it perfectly, ‘Why not get it now?’ So we went after it early in the season and we got it,” said Borst, who has since pushed his pin total to 40 while improving his record to 47-2 this season.

“All records are meant to be broken. I just thought why not do it as a sophomore? No one thought I could and here I am sitting at the top. I’m just thankful I am.”

Borst kept rolling in the first day of the Conference 21 duals, as he went 3-0 last Friday with two pins. The next day, Borst opened with a pin in Sherando’s first match before his highly anticipated rematch with David.

Borst’s win over his rival help boost Sherando past Woodgrove as a team, and the Warriors went on to finish the tournament a perfect 7-0.

“The feeling of winning and beating a kid, knowing that everyone had you as an underdog but knowing that your teammates knew you were going to win, it definitely did come as a surprise,” said Borst, who will be the top seed in the 170-pound bracket in Saturday’s Conference 21 tournament at Woodgrove. “The first period I took him down twice. I hadn’t done that over the course of the entire time that I’ve wrestled him, ever. It was mind boggling to me. After that I saw him break and it was like, ‘Don’t step off the gas. Why stop now?'”

“I don’t want to give [David] any bulletin board material but after we got the first two takedowns and it was 4-1, it looked like [Borst] was starting to break the kid,” Warriors coach Pepper Martin said. “It looked to me like [in] the third period the guy had not necessarily given up but just resigned himself to the fact that he wasn’t going to beat John this time.”

Borst and David will very likely meet again this weekend for a conference championship in what will be an intriguing rematch of last season’s 152-pound title bout. And odds are good that Borst will see the Woodgrove senior more than once before the season comes to a close.

“We’re really proud of him, but John also realizes that’s just step one and he’s certainly going to meet him again this weekend and he may very well meet him in the regional and the state as well,” Martin said. “Now that he’s gotten a taste of what it takes to beat the kid, I’m very confident in his ability to beat the kid every subsequent time he wrestles him.”

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or

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