A trio of Skyline wrestlers claimed gold and the Hawks took home the team title at the 11-team Mayhem at Millbrook tournament on Saturday.
Junior 138-pounder Morgan Robinson, senior 182-pounder Jacob Grady and junior 220-pounder Ethan Gue each won their respective weight classes to fuel a championship performance for the Hawks, who finished with 262 points to outpace runner-up John Champe by 15 points.
“It’s good, especially for being a new staff here and everything,” Hawks first-year coach Kyle Symons said during a phone interview on Saturday night. “It just means the guys are buying into what we’re doing. It’s always good to get a championship, and it wasn’t just some easy tournament.
“Overall, we talked this week about we expected these guys to come out, compete well and possibly win the tournament,” he continued. “They were able to live up to the expectations that we put out there for them, so we’re happy with the way we wrestled overall.”
Robinson, who Symons said has had an “up and down” season against some tough competition to this point, pinned his way through five matches to win the 138-pound bracket, topping off his day with a fall in 2:59 over Dominion’s Alex TerHaar.
Grady also pinned his way through the 182-pound bracket, decking Washington’s Conor Wogan in 1:11 in the finals, and Gue avenged an earlier loss to Daniel Flores in the pool round by topping the Millbrook wrestler, 5-4, in the 220-pound finals.
The Hawks sent two others to the championship round, sophomore Tyler Davis (113) and junior Brandon Ahlemann (126), though both suffered losses to Dominion’s Jack Creamer (9-2 decision) and W.T. Woodson’s Anthony Martin (9-3 decision), respectively, in the finals.
Sherando senior 132-pounder Timmy Dieter also won an individual title at the tournament and was named the event’s Most Outstanding Wrestler after going 5-0 with three pins. He beat Washington’s Ethan Hardy by a 6-1 decision in the finals.
The Warriors, who got third-place efforts from Jacob Doolan (120), Heath Rudolph (138), Luke Waits (145), Brian Jimenez (170) and Deshawn Lee (285), placed fifth in the team race with 207 points, one point back of fourth-place Woodgrove.
Skyline’s Anthony Domino was third at 152 pounds.
Bull Run District Duals
Strasburg proved it’s still the team to beat in the Bull Run District while cruising to a 5-0 performance at the district’s six-team dual tournament at Madison County on Saturday.
The Rams beat Rappahannock County (60-6), Clarke County (48-27), George Mason (40-34), Madison County (54-30) and Central (48-18) to win the tournament. Four Strasburg wrestlers — Peyton Stickles (132 pounds), Jaylon Burks (138), Alec Campbell (170) and Luke Jenkins (195/220) — went 5-0, according to head coach Mike Wood. Stickles made his season debut after returning from a shoulder injury.
Wood added that Collin Reynolds and Austin Stickles each went 4-1.
“We’ve been gradually getting better,” Wood said in a phone call shortly after the tournament. “We’ve still got a long way to go as far as getting some guys healthy, getting some guys in the right weight classes, but we’re getting there. We had two starters out of the lineup today … which kind of put us in a hole a little bit, but we had a core of four or five guys that went 5-0 that still got bonus points that kind of helped us get through. … Overall we did what we were supposed to do. Even though some of the teams were giving some forfeits, we went there, went 5-0. That’s a positive, I guess, as far as you did what you’re supposed to do.”
Central went winless in the tournament but did have some individual success, with Andrew Scibelli (106/113) going 5-0 and Jacob Scibelli (145), Nick Houghton (182/195) and Alec Stickles (220) each going 4-1, according to head coach Greg Stickles.
The Falcons fell to Madison County (48-29), George Mason (48-18), Rappahannock County (36-24) and Clarke County (42-23) in addition to the loss to their county rivals.