Warren wrestlers stay undefeated at Clarke County

BERRYVILLE – Warren County’s wrestlers kept their dual match record unblemished (19-0) Wednesday night at the Clarke County High School Tri-Match at the Eagles’ home on their senior night.

The Wildcats, who have won four straight weekend events this season, added to their winnings at the Clarke gymnasium, whipping Musselman, West Virginia 43-27 in their first-round match and then topping Clarke County 48-27 in what coach Matt Wadas described as a “Bull Run District meet.”

Warren and Clarke will meet again Saturday at an event at the Front Royal school and will see each other once more in the district tournament.

“It’s always good  beat Clarke County,” said Wadas, who coached the Wildcats to a fifth place finish at the 2016 VHSL Group 3A state championships.

Clarke, a 2A school but obvious member of the Bull Run, was its classification’s state champion in 2015 and runnerup in ’16.

The Eagles feature senior Bayne Gordon, a three-time champion who finished 3-2 at the recent Beast of the East high-school tournament at the University of Delaware, and Bryan Wallace, a two-time state champ who finished fourth in the Beast of the East.

Gordon, wrestling at 132 pounds, and Wallace, at 220, both won their matches against Warren County and were wrestling Musselman late.

But seven Wildcats finished undefeated, 2-0, in their matches versus the Applemen and the Eagles.

Michael White, Nick Herring, Hunter Jost, Isaiah Frame, Seth Jacobs, Nathan Johnson and Dylan Becker all went unscathed, including winning bouts against the Eagles.
Wadas said he was most pleased with Jacobs and Herring because the two Falcons came within a flip of losing their matches.

“Both were on their backs ready to be pinned and both flipped (their competitors over). Did you see that?” Wadas said.

Herring pinned his Musselman competitor in 1:17 of the second period, then knocked off Eagle Emmett Maiber at 138, at 2-0 to give the Falcons a 15-6 team lead.

“I was on my back and had to work like heck to get back on top. I turned my head down once or twice early and that’s a fundamental mistake,” Herring said.

Jacobs knocked off his Musselman competitor with a pin at 1:13 of the second period and then dropped Clarke’s Ed Buzalsky with a pin at 1:37 of the second for a 27-15 advantage over the Eagles.

It was Buzalsky that Jacobs had to overcome for the victory.

“That was a great effort on both their parts,” said Wadas.

The veteran head Wildcat coach said he gave his team several days off over Christmas.

“It’s the first time in a while we’ve taken off over Christmas, but I thought, it’s a long season, so we might as well get some rest when we can,” Wadas said.

Before Wednesday, Warren last competed in the Lou Nagy Duals at Broadway High School prior to the Christmas break. They won their fourth major event of the season there over Spotswood, Stonewall Jackson, Freedom-Riding, Riverheads and Western Albemarle.

Warren County will host its own invitational event at the high school on Saturday.

Contact Jim Laise at sports@nvdaily.com