Warren County wrestling cruises to second straight regional crown
4 Wildcats, 2 Hawks win individual regional championships
Warren County High School’s wrestling team repeated as regional tournament champions on Saturday. Unlike last season, the Wildcats earned a handful of individual gold medals, as well.
Warren County’s Bobby Hunger (138 pounds), Isaiah Frame (152), D.J. Almarode (195) and Nathan Johnson (220) all won individual championships at the Region 3B tournament on Saturday at Spotsylvania High School, highlighting a team-wide effort that saw the Wildcats cruise to the team title. The Wildcats, who sent 11 wrestlers into the championship finals, finished the day with 251.5 points and comfortably ahead runner-up Brentsville (200).
Skyline, which finished with 183.5 points and took third place out of eight teams, had two of its own individual champions in Tyler Davis (106) and Brandon Ahlemann.
This weekend’s Virginia High School League Class 3 state tournament at Churchland High School in Portsmouth will have plenty of Front Royal flavor – Warren County qualified 12 wrestlers for the tournament by placing individuals within the top four of their respective weight classes at the regional competition, and Skyline qualified 11.
Davis, the Class 3 Northwestern District 106-pound champion, got things started in the regional championship finals by earning a 15-2 major decision over Warren County’s Brandon Mason. Ahlemann followed by toppling Manassas Park’s Brandon Argueta – the Northwestern District champ – with a pin in 1:39 for the 113-pound crown.
Hunger gave the Wildcats their first individual title winner in four tries when he pinned Spotsylvania’s Durham Chase in 1:44, his third pin in three matches at the regional tournament.
Frame avenged his 14-9 loss to Manassas Park’s Dell Hankins in overtime of the district championships by majoring Hankins, 14-1, in their rematch on Saturday for 152-pound regional championship.
Almarode pinned Manassas Park’s Steven Carado in the first period again for the 195-pound title in what was a rematch of the district title bout, and Johnson capped Warren County’s list of champions when he rolled to a 15-0 tech fall over Spotsylvania’s Alex Childress.
Saturday’s regional titles were the first for all six local wrestlers.
In addition to Mason, Dylan Becker (120 pounds), Hunter Jost (132) – who fell to Brentsville’s Collin Brady in sudden-victory overtime after beating the Tigers sophomore 11-4 for the district title – Connor Jost (145), Nicholas Herring (160), Wyatt Gill (182) and Andrew Johnson (285) all finished as regional runners-up for Warren County. The Wildcats’ Aiden Ward won his consolation finals match at 113 pounds to place third.
Sophomore 126-pounder Morgan Robinson was the lone region runner-up for Skyline. Three Hawks – Logan Maiatico (120), Anthony Domino (152), Sam Brown (160), Jacob Grady (182) and Ethan Gue (195) – won their consolation finals matches to take third place, and three others – Wyatt Spiker (138), Talon Keel (145) and Patrick Slate (285) – were fourth.