STRASBURG - Strasburg has had to overcome a little adversity this season, but on Saturday that made winning the Bull Run District wrestling title that much sweeter.
The Rams went a perfect 5-0 to capture the Bull Run District crown, including a 42-36 victory over George Mason in the final match of the day. The Rams could only fill 11 of the 14 wrestling weight classes, which automatically gave the Mustangs, who had a full lineup, 18 points in forfeits.
"I'm proud of the guys. They battled really, really well for giving 18 (points) to everybody," Strasburg coach Mike Wood said. "When you can win being under-manned and you win purely because you got a little more talent, that says a lot. I'm pretty happy with that."
The Bull Run District tournament was a duals format, as each team wrestled five matches. The individuals who had the best record in each weight class were named to the first team All-Bull Run District team and declared district champion. The second-place finishers also got a medal and were named second team All-Bull Run.
The Rams had four individual district champions, led by Peyton Stickles at 132 pounds. Stickles went 5-0 and won all five matches with a pin in the first period.
"I felt pretty good," Stickles said. "I didn't have a match go past the first period. So that's a good feeling, too. So I just got to get ready for regions and then states."
Strasburg's Jaylon Burks won the title at 132 pounds, going 5-0 with three pins and two victories by forfeit.
"I thought I did good, I stayed on the attack," Burks said. "I was attacking and being aggressive. And that's how you're going to win it."
Strasburg junior Alec Campbell, who won his 100th career match on Saturday, also went 5-0 at 170 pounds to win the district title. He had three pins and won two matches by forfeit.
Strasburg junior Luke Jenkins won the district title at 220 pounds. He was 5-0 with two pins and two forfeits.
The Rams' victory over George Mason took a real team effort. Stickles and Burks started things off and gave Strasburg a quick 12-0 lead, but the Mustangs eventually took a 27-18 edge. Strasburg won the next three matches to take a 36-27 lead, but back-to-back wins by George Mason tied it at 36 with one match left.
Strasburg freshman Cole Ramey, who finished second at 126 pounds, pinned George Mason's Alex Madar in 40 seconds to give the Rams the team title.
"(Ramey) coming through with the pin was just awesome," Stickles said. "...(Winning the team title) feels a lot better this year because we're missing a couple people still. And then a couple people didn't want to come out to wrestling (this season). And we're still coming out and winning trophies."
Ramey, Austin Stickles (106) and Levi Miller (285) each finished second for the Rams.
Central, which has only six wrestlers on the squad, went 1-4 as a team but had several individuals shine on Saturday.
Sophomore Andrew Scibelli (106) went 5-0 with two pins and three forfeits, and junior Billy Ball (182) went 5-0 with four pins and a forfeit to take home district titles.
Central's Jacob Scibelli (145) finished second for the Falcons. Central coach Greg Stickles said he was happy with how his team performed.
"They wrestled well today," Greg Stickles said. "They did the way I expected with the way our season is going. They did well."
All six of Central's wrestlers advanced to next weekend's Region 2B tournament held at Strasburg.
"I think this week coming up they should be able to tie everything together," Greg Stickles said. "And take it up to the next gear where it needs to be."
Strasburg will send all 11 of its wrestlers to regionals and Wood said he's excited to see how the team wrestles.
"We had seven guys in the top two here," Wood said. "So we're going to get first or second seeds coming out of our district next week, which will put us in a good place."