Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Woodberry goes 4-3 at home duals.

The Woodberry wrestling team competed in seven home duals this past weekend—three on Friday night and four on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers recorded four wins and three losses. On Friday night the team picked up a solid win over Prince George High School, 57-21, and local rival Orange County, 47-30.

The Tigers had a very tough dual match against a solid team from Sherando High School, finally succumbing 52-19. Gordon McAlister, Nick Cirillo, Will Choate, and Phil Rogers each recorded a win on the weekend. For Gordon and Nick, it was their first varsity win. Zack Hollander, Josh Trudgeon, Adam Silva, Jeff Smith, and Cary Jones were all 2-1 on Friday night. Duke Pickett, Taylor Reuss, and Chad Kolumber were 3-0 on Friday evening. The fighting Tigers put forth a good effort against some tough public school competition. Adam Silva worked through several tough matches, as did Phil Rogers, who contributed points throughout the weekend. Jeff Smith, along with solid efforts from Cary Jones and Chad Kolumber, put Woodberry in winning positions as Friday’s matches came to a close.

The Tigers opened a full Saturday program, besting Norfolk Academy in a 57-13 victory, and following up in a battle with South Lakes High School, which Woodberry won, 43-27. Herbert Hernandez earned his first varsity win over his opponent from Norfolk, winning a close 5-2 match. At 145 lb., Taylor Reuss had an exciting match with his South Lakes opponent. Taylor was ahead 10-0 in the second period, when he found himself on his back fighting out of a head lock hold. He managed to break free and continued wrestling tough, finally pinning his opponent in the third period. Cary Jones earned wins over tough opponents from Norfolk and South Lakes, finishing 12-6 and 12-5.

In the third match the Tigers found themselves locked in a tough dual against Paul VI, which they ultimately lost, 28-40. The final dual of the day matched the Tigers with rival Episcopal High School. The Tigers mounted a late rally against the Maroon, but finally fell short in a 28-39 defeat. Despite the team score, the Tigers matched well with Episcopal, losing in closely contested matches in each weight class. Will Choate, Zack Hollander, Will, Phil Rogers, and Cary Jones all performed impressively. A promising effort from Jeff Smith and Josh Trudgeon and stellar contributions from Duke Pickett and Taylor Reuss almost captured the win. Raymond Fenstermaker and Cary Jones went 2-2 on Saturday, while Jeff Smith, Zack Hollander, Josh Trudgeon, and Chad Kolumber each went 3-1. Duke Pickett and Taylor Reuss each went 4-0.

The Hammer Award for the week goes to Taylor Reuss for his defeat of two wrestlers who had previously beaten him. Taylor won 9-2 and 7-2 decisions over his opponents from Sherando and Paul VI.
Look for more wrestling action on Friday in Richmond at Douglas Freeman, where the Tigers challenge Collegiate, Douglas Freeman High School, and Midlothian High School in a quad. On Saturday the Tigers host Potomac School, Western Albemarle, Covenant School, and Wakefield High School.