Stonewall’s Bush wins first Shenandoah District title

Dakota Bush

QUICKSBURG — Two-lap dumbbells paid off for Dakota Bush.

The Stonewall Jackson senior won his first Shenandoah District wrestling title on Saturday in the 285 weight class. Bush said the Generals do a drill called two-lap dumbbells, which really helped him in Saturday’s final.

“You have a partner and you have dumbbells, obviously,” Bush said of the two-lap dumbbells drill. “And your partner lifts while you sprint two laps around the gym and then you switch. And you keep doing it 14 times. It helps a lot.”

Bush said that conditioning was the difference in his 3-0 victory over Buffalo Gap’s Wesley Tinsley in the 285-pound final.

Bush said that winning the title was a little sweeter since he was able to do it in front of the home crowd.

Caleb Fauver

“It feels great to win, to be a champion at my home school,” Bush said.

Stonewall Jackson coach Jerry Franklin said that he was happy with how his team did considering they’ve been battling the flu for the last few weeks. He said they haven’t been able to have any good practices because of guys being out sick.

“Nobody’s had a really good week of practice and it showed a little bit,” Franklin said. “I think we could have did a little better, but I could see that in some of them the sickness showed today.”

Stonewall Jackson’s Lance Dorman and Caleb Fauver each advanced to the finals, despite recently battling the flu.

Dorman said he missed all week due to the flu two weeks ago, and didn’t have the best week of practice leading into the Shenandoah District Championships.

Lance Dorman

Dorman was pinned by Riverheads’ Camden Cook-Cash in 3:01 in the 106-pound final. Dorman beat Cook-Cash, 2-0, earlier this season.

“I wasn’t 100 percent, but I just wrestled sloppy,” Dorman said.

Franklin said he could tell being out for a week affected Dorman’s endurance.

“It looked like he didn’t have his strength there at the end, and normally he doesn’t do that,” Franklin said.

Fauver was pinned by Wilson Memorial’s Chase Wilson in 2:49 in the 160-pound final.

Fauver said he missed three days of practice this past week, and wasn’t sure if he would even be able to wrestle Saturday.

“It’s a blessing just to be out here and do this,” Fauver said. “I didn’t think I was going to be here Tuesday night after I went to the doctor.”

Fauver said he defeated Wilson earlier this season in a close match, but he knew it would be a tough match again Saturday.

Trailing 2-1 in the second period, it appeared Fauver was on the verge of pinning Wilson, but he was able to turn the tables and then pinned Fauver instead.

“He’s a really, really strong kid,” Fauver said. “And he’s got a really good set of hips on him. I’ve never seen that combination before. It’s just a tough combination to try to combat. That’s what happened last time too. I hit him with a couple big moves, and I thought I was going to get him but he reversed it right as soon as I hit him.”

The Generals, who had only seven wrestlers, finished fifth as a team with 88 points. Wilson Memorial won the team title with 223.5 points. Riverheads was second with 206.

Stonewall Jackson’s Udreka Claude (170 pounds) was third. Hunter Cowart (132) and Josh Gibson (138) were fifth for the Generals. Damian Tapia (126) finished sixth for Stonewall Jackson.

All of Stonewall Jackson’s wrestlers advance to next weekend’s Region 1B Championships at Riverheads. The tournament will be held Friday and Saturday.

Even though they don’t have a lot of wrestlers, Fauver said he has confidence that they can do well in regionals.

“We should be able to do all right, even though we only have seven people,” Fauver said. “It’s hard when you have the amount of people we do, but we’ll make it work. We have quality, not quantity.”