Strasburg wins Bull Run District wrestling title
STRASBURG — Strasburg had five individual champions in Saturday’s Bull Run District Wrestling Championships as the Rams also took the team title and trophy.
The Bull Run District Championships were dual matches instead of a bracket format. The Rams went 4-1 as a team on their way to the title.
“We did good, but there’s also still room for improvement,” Strasburg sophomore Peyton Stickles said.
Each weight class had a champion based off the results from the duals. Stickles (120 pounds), Austin Stickles (106), Jalen Burks (126), Chase Hart (170) and Javian Moore (182) each won an individual title for the Rams.
Strasburg’s Collin Reynolds (132) and Alec Campbell (145) each placed second.
Central’s Andrew Scibelli (106), Jacob Scibelli (138), William Ball (170) and Ezra Smith (285) each finished second.
All of the wrestlers from all the teams advanced to Saturday’s Region 2B meet at Stuarts Draft High School.
Hart had two big wins for the Rams. In Strasburg’s match against Central, Hart pinned Ball in 1:09.
Ball came into the match with just four losses on the season.
“We’ve been practicing with (Central), because they come to our room sometimes and practice with us,” Hart said. “So I kind of knew what to do against him. I knew I could beat him, so I just wrestled with confidence and got the win.”
One of the Rams’ toughest matches of the day was against George Mason. Hart had a big victory in that match as well.
Hart rallied for a 4-2, overtime victory over Carlos Shields. Hart said even though it was a tough match he tried to stay confident the whole time.
“I don’t really get nervous, because we always condition more than anyone,” Hart said. “We’re always in better shape than anyone. And we just got to keep pushing it when you know they’re tired and win the match.”
The Rams trailed 32-31 heading into the final match of the dual against George Mason. Peyton Stickles delivered the victory for Strasburg by pinning Sierra Sulc in 58 seconds for a 37-32 team win.
“I felt a little bit of pressure, because they were all counting on me to win that match,” Peyton Stickles said. “It was a great feeling to win that.”
Strasburg was cruising in the tournament until the Rams’ final match of the day. The Rams stumbled in a few matches and lost to Madison County, 32-31.
Strasburg coach Mike Wood said that several of his wrestlers got caught in headlocks leading to pins, which cost the team the victory.
“We weren’t focused,” Wood said. “If one of those guys doesn’t get caught in a crappy headlock, basically we win. It ain’t pretty, but we win. I was really happy with the day, the way it was going, until we lose to Madison on junk.”
One of the bright spots for the Rams was Moore, who has now won 15 straight matches.
The senior said that the 15-match winning streak has been a big confidence boost for him.
“I’m trying to protect (the winning streak) all the way until I get down to states,” Moore said. “I got so much more confidence than I really did before this season started.”
The Rams also beat Rappahannock County (52-6) Clarke County (48-30) and Central (60-12).
The Falcons went 1-4 in the dual matches. The Falcons beat Rappahannock County (42-18), and lost to Clarke County (48-30), George Mason (48-21) and Madison County (34-24).
Central coach Greg Stickles said that he thought some of his wrestlers were a little flat on Saturday.
“This week we’re going to step it up in practice,” Greg Stickles said. “Hopefully get a couple practices in with Strasburg up here. So that way everybody gets a little bit different opponent in practice, and we’re able to step it up a notch for next week (in regionals).”
Wood said his young squad, featuring four freshman and four sophomores, will have to wrestle much better next week in the regionals if they want to win another trophy. He said they have to learn from what happened against Madison County.
“We wrestled well in about six weight classes,” Wood said. “But for us to have a chance to even think about a regional title you can’t get caught in headlocks. You got to have a little more heart.”