Five years ago in 2008 when the Fauquier wrestling team participated in the Beast of the East wrestling tournament the Falcons had placed four wrestlers and earned a 12th place finish which currently is the last time the Falcons had any placers in this tourney. Taking an absence from the BofE last season, Coach Fisher moved to reinstate this event back on the schedule this season as it continues to show all that it is the toughest wrestling event for any team that participated.
The BofE brings in the best wrestlers from around the east coast where most weight brackets were of 64-men with 100 teams entering the event to take stake of a champion.
Although Fauquier ended up in 72nd place with 22pts earned, getting match experience and the toughness of this tournament with its youth could be what Coach Fisher’s squad is needing as the team continues to improve.
Only entering 12 of the 14 weight classes the Falcons may have hit some speed bumps with some of its seasoned wrestlers this past weekend having matches that tested them mentally and made them work to earn every point. On the other hand this high level event should aid in preparing the team for the ending post season results. Battling through the tough matches at the BotE will simply do that to all wrestlers.
Senior 182lbs Max Strum went 4-2 where he lost his opening match of the tournament but then battled back in the consolation to win four straight.
Sophomore 132lbs Matt Raines on the other hand was the surprise Falcon by winning his first three bouts as he made it to the Championship Quarters. This was the first time a Falcon made it to the quarters since 2008. Falling to the consolations Matt had an injury default during his next match which ended the tournament for him as well.
More complete tournament coverage of the Beast of the Eastcan be found at: Track Wrestling.
Other notable performances came from freshmen 126lbs Garrett Tingen and Senior 145lbs Michael Villalobos as they both went 2-2 in the tournament.
What’s Next: The Falcons will look to hit the mat over the holiday break as they plan to travel to Mount Mat Madness on Dec. 28-29, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore Co. Camp., Catonsville MD. This will be a individual bracketed tournament as wrestlers advance forward through the champion rounds if they win. Currently there are 30 teams entered at this tournament: More information can be found at: http://www.mountmatmadness.com/mmmnews.html
Below is the results of Fauquier Falcons by rounds.
6th Round-Consolation (11 mats)
132 Matt Raines lost IDF to Zack Whilelm-Southern Regional
Championship Quarters 8:30am (6 mats)
132 Matt Raines lost 6-0 to Courtland Schuyler-Manheim Township
5th Round-Consolation 8:30am (5 mats)
182 Max Strum lost 8-3 to Gordon Bolig-Owen J. Roberts
Round notes: Fauquier went 0-2 as Matt Raines now has moved onto the 6th Round-Consolation.
132 Matt Raines 3-2
182 Max Strum 4-2
4th Round-Consolation (11 mats)
182 Max Strum won OT 9-8 over Tyler Morson-Westfield
Round notes: Fauquier advanced 1. Great job Max.
3rd Round-Consolation (11 mats)
126 Garrett Tingen lost by DQ to Nick Beneke- Connellsville
145 Michael Villalobos lost 1-0 to Lou Fedele-Salesianum
182 Max Strum won by pin over Harry Denoncourt-Timberland
Round notes: Fauquier advanced 1. Great job Max.
3rd Round-Championship (11 mats)
132 Matt Raines won 3-0 over Joey Alexandra-Hempfields
Round notes: With Matt's win it now puts him in the quarters.
2nd Round-Consolation (11 mats)
106 Caleb Strum lost 14-0 to Grayson Olimpo-Robinson
113 Daniel Ariola lost 2-0 to Michael Sheets-Northamton
126 Garrett Tingen won 13-4 over Jeff Stone-C. Forge
145 Michael Villalobos won 4-2 over Zack Carbine-Smyrna
152 Andrew Smith lost 5-2 to Carter McClung-Middletown
182 Max Strum won by pin over Michael Fernandez-Eastside
285 Justin Sanker lost 8-1 to Ray Ellis-Holy Spirit
Round notes: Fauquier went 3-4 with one pin. Fauquier moved up to 56 place out of 100 teams with 20 pts.
1st Round-Consolation 3:00pm-4:00pm (11 mats)
113 Daniel Ariola won by pin over Anthony Castiglia-Wayne Valley.
120 Jake Hilleary lost by pin to Gage Cramer- Connellsville
126 Garrett Tingen won by pin over Tyler Tarsi-Nazareth
138 Trevor Marable lost 12-2 to David Antonio-Christians
145 Michael Villalobos won 8-1 over Dylan Yonney-Sayccon Valley
160 Ben Brady lost 14-4 to Nick Casey-DePaul Catholic
170 Erick Lemus lost by pin to Loan Roll-Mount St. Joe
182 Max Strum won 4-1 over Tyler Cox-Smyrna
Round notes: Fauquier went 4-4 with 2 pin. Fauquier has 14 pts and in 62 place.
2nd Round-Championship 12:30pm-3:00pm (11 mats)
106 Caleb Strum lost 9-2 to Aston White-Owen J. Roberts
132 Matt Raines won 13-2 over Alex Bonner-Northampton
152 Andrew Smith lost by pin to David Brennan-Cat.
285 Justin Sanker lost 1-0 to Summary Lynch-Connellsville
Round notes: Fauquier went 1-3 as Matt Raines is the only Falcon left in the Championship bracket.
1st Round-Championship 8:30am-12:30pm (11 mats)
106 Caleb Strum vs. bye
113 Daniel Ariola lost 14-5 to Steven Simpson-St. Marys
120 Jake Hilleary lost by pin to Matthew Ross-Bergen Cat.
126 Garrett Tingen lost 7-10 to David Rump-Chambersbu
132 Matt Raines won 6-2 over Josh Smith-Appoquinimn
138 Trevor Marable lost by pin to Seth Rowell-Mount St Joe
145 Michael Villalobos lost by pin to TJ. Miller-Camden Catholic
152 Andrew Smith vs. bye
160 Ben Brady lost 10-1 to John Grossi-Germantown Academy
170 Erick Lemus lost by pin to Jake Kantor-Cape Henry Collegiate
182 Max Strum lost 6-4 to Nick DePalma-DePaul Catholic
285 Justin Sanker vs. bye
Round notes: The Falcon advanced 4 wrestlers to the 2nd Round Championship with 1 win and 3 byes.
106 Caleb Strum 0-2
113 Daniel Ariola 1-2
120 Jake Hilleary 0-2
126 Garrett Tingen 2-2
138 Trevor Marable 0-2
145 Michael Villalobos 2-2
152 Andrew Smith 0-2
160 Ben Brady 0-2
170 Erick Lemus 0-2
285 Justin Sanker 0-2