The Northern classic is a double elimination wrestling tournament that Fairfax HS has been hosting for the past 23 years. It's a tournament that draws in 32 Northern Region public and private schools in the Washington metro area. This classic is set-up with a 32 man bracket in each weight class that hands out medals to the top 8 wrestlers in each weight class.
Simply to win the NOVA Classic one must win 5 matches in a row which should prove that you are considered to be one of the best in Northern Virginia. After finishing second to Westfield High School last year at the NOVA classic, Fauquier once again was in the hunt and the team had a desire to take home the first place trophy right from the first match on Friday. With three individual champions and earning 226 points, thatís exactly what the Falcons did. Nothing fancy about this teamís achievement as the Falcons continue to step on the wrestling mat and pin their foes.
To win a tournament like the NOVA classic it takes a whole team effort. To advance 5 wrestlers to the finals and having 9 total wrestlers that placed must tell one that Fauquier currently is a team that is very competitive and once again proving it around the state by being on top of the field. Below is a short description of how each round went during this two day event.
113 Matt Raines
1st Place - Nova Classic
Round one: Right from the first match of the tournament the Falcons set the tone as they started and finished with wins in every weight class; earning seven pins, one tech fall, and two byes through this first round. Even with fewer participants (Fauquier did not fill a 152, 170, 195, and 220 weight class) at this meet they still found themselves in the mix and in 2nd place with 31.5 points right behind Annandale HS. with 35 points.
Round two: Not letting off the pedal whatsoever, the Falcons wrestling team continued their dominance through round two by going 9-1 as a team and earning 9 pins. That alone had Fauquier on top of the leader board jumping over Annandale with 71.5 points. One big factor in this teamís success early on through round 1 and 2 was the ability to earn a lot of pins which then gives a team bonus points (+2 points). Missing 4 different weight classes for this event, the Fauquier wrestlers seemed to work even harder and stepped up to earn those pins to offset with the teamís unbalanced line-up.
Round three: The Falcons continued their winning streak into the quarters by winning 7 of the 9 matches. By winning in the quarters and advancing to the semi-finals this is where higher points are earned and wrestlers will automatically place in top sixth of the 32 man bracket. But sixth place is never on the minds of the Falcon wrestlers as they strive to simply win each match one at a time to be on the top of the podium. At dayís end on Friday Fauquier was able to advance 7 wrestlers to the semi-finals and keep them in first place with 116 points as they never looked back from that point on.
138 Tyler Budd
1st Place - Nova Classic
Semi-Finals: As the Fauquier wrestling team took the mats on Saturday morning, for day two of the NOVA Classic their mission was simple; continue to push as many of the 7 wrestlers that were on deck and in the champion bracket to the finals. Matt Raines, Bennett Payne, Tyler Budd, Landon Dean, and Seth Baker all wrestled solid matches in their semi-final matches to qualify for the finals that evening. With two Tech Falls and one pin among this semi-final group, these wins insured that the Falcons would keep the lead for good as they pushed the point total to 186 points.
Consolation Semi-Finals: To be at the top of the leader board of a 32 team tournament on the final day, you need all of your wrestlers to earn team points. As the 5th and 6th consolation rounds concluded and finished up, the Falcons had positioned three wrestlers that had battled back from a loss to get into the consolation semi-finals for the 3rd place match. Marco Tcheukado, Michael Villalobos, and Even Oddenino all had only one loss in the tournament but wrestled back and won respectably. Marco Tcheukado and Even Oddenino both ended up in 3rd place while Michael Villalobos took a 4th. With these wins at the end of the consolation semi-final round Fauquier improved on its score to 205 points.
The Finals: Moving onto the Final round Fauquier continued to not let up as the team rolled with some great performances from freshman Matt Raines, senior Tyler Budd, and Junior Seth Baker who all finished first and won the NOVA classic in their respective weight classes.
160 Seth Baker
1st Place - Nova Classic
Tyler Budd was one of the outstanding wrestlers for team Falcons this weekend as he earned 5 pins with his final win over Willey Inserra from North Stafford in the finals. As a four year starter Tylerís skill level on the mat has improved each year and now is one of the elite wrestlers in the state. Pinning his way through this tournament does not come easy for anyone and to dominate his weight class shows Northern Virginia that he is the best 138 pounder in the area.
Matt Raines has also started off the season very well with his 2nd place finish last week at the Skyline opener and now winning the NOVA classic in his first two meets as a high school wrestler. Matt won a 4-0 match over James Cusack-Marshall. Two weeks of outstanding performance should alert his team mates that even though he is a freshman he is in gear to battle for victory every time he steps on the wrestling mat. Having Matt in the starting line-up as a ready wrestler truly helps the team in this new season; his youth years of wrestling experience shows.
Seth Baker also dominated his final match with a 5-3 win over Brett Stein from South County. Not in the line-up last week at the Skyline Elite opener put him in a position to start his season off this weekend with a bang at the NOVA Classic. Having few wins thus far compared to his teammates, Seth looks to add to the teamís winning ways as one of the leaders on the team. Seth can currently say that he is the sole Fauquier wrestler on the team with an undefeated record at 5-0.
Coming to this tournament for the second straight year and taking second place in it last year,.... How does it feel to coach the Falcons to a team victory?
Coach Fisher: It feels great. Many of the guys have been working year around, and it showed this weekend. We have also been tweeking some of our competition prep routines and what we are doing between rounds. Those adjustments also contributed significantly to our match consistency.
We saw this team improve in the area of pins last year but once again the kids are producing a ton of them so far, any comment?
Coach Fisher: We have been working on our ground game a lot in practice. It translated well.
Tyler Budd had a wonderful tournament and really looks like a different wrestler from last year to this year. What has he improved on that has made him a pinner?
Coach Fisher: One word. Confidence. He has more experience than anyone he will wrestle. He has been in the big matches. He now is ready to prove it. We also adjusted his pre-match routine which has helped is match mindset.
Now that you have completed two weekend tournaments that the team has been very successful at can you discuss areas of improvements with this team?
Coach Fisher: A huge contributor to our early success is consistency. We no longer have seem to have ďbad roundsĒ which are rounds where the guys come out flat. We have made some changes to address this issue, and so far our adjustments seem to be working.
Below are the individual results from the Nova Classic
106 Marco Tcheukado 4-1 3rd place
113 Matt Raines 5-0 1st place
113 Dan Ariola(b) 4-2 7th place
120 Tervor Marable(b) 2-2
120 Michael Villalobos 3-2 4th place
126 Bennett Payne 4-1 2nd place
132 Chuck Hilleary 2-1
138 Tyler Budd 5-0 1st place
145 Landon Dean 4-1 2nd place
160 Seth Baker 5-0 1st place
182 Aldair Ramos 3-2
285 Evan Oddenino 4-1 3rd place
Lake Braddock 156
South County 149
Below are the individual results from the Nova Classic.
113 Matt Raines-Fauquier won 4-0 over James Cusack-Marshall
126 Bennett Payne Fauquier lost by pin to Dane Harlowe-Annandale
138 Tyler Budd-Fauquier won by pin over Willey Inserra-North Stafford
145 Landon Dean-Fauquier lost 6-3 to Rory Density-Lake Braddock
160 Seth Baker-Fauquier won 5-3 over Brett Stein- South County Secondary
106 Marco Tcheukado-Fauquier won 13-0 over Anthony Chau-Freedom
120 Michael Villalobos-Fauquier lost 4-0 Danny Seidita-Geroge Mason
285 Evan Oddenino-Fauquier won by pin over Ian Shircliff-Chantilly
113 Dan Ariola-Fauquier(b) Shaw Whitley-St. Stephens/St. Agnes
6th Rd. Con:
106 Marco Tcheukado-Fauquier won 6-0 over Matt Asper-Battlefield
120 Michael Villalobos-Fauquier won by pin over Max Benitos-Robert Lee
285 Evan Oddenino-Fauquier won by forfeit over Charles Wheldon-Yorktown
5th Rd. Con:
113 Dan Ariola-Fauquier lost 5-1 Josue Beltran-Mountain View
285 Evan Oddenino-Fauquier won by pin over Phillip James Board Run
4th Rd. Semi-Finals:
106 Marco Tcheukado-Fauquier lost 7-2 to Jonny Lopze-Mountain View
113 Matt Raines-Fauquier won 12-0 over Kibir Gill-South Lakes
120 Michael Villalobos-Fauquier lost 6-2 to Robert Dooley-James Madison
126 Bennett Payne-Fauquier won by 12-0 over Garrett Maged-South Bridge
138 Tyler Budd-Fauquier won by pin over Nick Womack-Bishop Ireton
145 Landon Dean-Fauquier won 5-3 over Shinalina Ntenda-TC Williams
160 Seth Baker-Fauquier won by Tech Fall 18-1 over Josh Toal-South Bridge
3rd Rd. Con:
120 Tervor Marable-Fauquier(b) lost 11-0 to Rawand Shandin-Annandale
182 Aldair Ramos-Fauquier lost OT by pin to Jacob Ralph-North Stafford
4th Rd. Con:
113 Dan Ariola-Fauquier won by 5-2 over Alec Shraulder-Battlefield
285 Evan Oddenino-Fauquier won by pin over Mikenao Jamboaoi-James Marshall
3rd Rd. Champ Quarters:
106 Marco Tcheukado-Fauquier won 2-0 over Nick Lowstuter-Fairfax
113 Matt Raines-Fauquier won Tech Fall 16-0 over Dan Ariola-Fauquier
113 Dan Ariola-Fauquier lost 16-0 to Matt Rainesn-Fauquier
120 Michael Villalobos-Fauquier won 12-2 over Miga Khaadan-Washington-Lee
126 Bennett Payne-Fauquier won by pin over Jumbo Briody-Marshall
132 Chuck Hilleary-Fauquier lost 11-6 to Walter Carlson-Chantilly
138 Tyler Budd-Fauquier won by pin over Nick Womack-Bishop Ireton
145 Landon Dean-Fauquier won by Forfiet over Slowness Meadows-Broad Run
160 Seth Baker-Fauquier won OT 2-0 Josh Forrest-South Lakes
285 Evan Oddenino-Fauquier lost OT 7-2 to Bryan Jefferson-Annandale
2nd Rd. Con:
120 Tervor Marable-Fauquier(b) won 4-2 over Mike Irwin-Chantilly
182 Aldair Ramos-Fauquier won 7-4 over Colby Laxton-South Lakes
1st Rd. Con:
120 Tervor Marable-Fauquier(b) won 8-2 over Austin Enrique- Potomac Falls
2nd Rd. Champ:
106 Marco Tcheukado-Fauquier won by pin over Scott Kurtzke-Bishop OíConnell
113 Matt Raines-Fauquier won by Pin over Bibas Pant-Washington-Lee
113 Dan Ariola-Fauquier(b) won 7-4 over Shaw Whitley-St. Stephens/St. Agnes
120 Michael Villalobos-Fauquier won by pin Brain Emigrate-Wt Woodson
126 Bennett Payne Fauquier won by pin over John Alfonso-Robert Lee
132 Chuck Hilleary-Fauquier won by pin Zack Sedan- Potomac Falls
138 Tyler Budd-Fauquier won by pin over Devon Johnson-South Lakes
145 Landon Dean-Fauquier won by pin over Eric Carranza-James Madison
160 Seth Baker-Fauquier won by pin over Gabe Sutherland-Mclean
182 Aldair Ramos-Fauquier lost by pin to Nick Hoy-James Madison
285 Evan Oddenino-Fauquier won by pin over Fervor Staats-North Stafford
1st Round Champ:
106 Marco Tcheukado-Fauquier bye
113 Matt Raines-Fauquier won by pin Ian Birch-Chantilly
113 Dan Ariola-Fauquier(b) won 11-2 over Gray Murry-Freedom
120 Michael Villalobos-Fauquier won by pin over Will Shelled-Stone Bridge
120 Tervor Marable-Fauquier(b) lost by pin to Danny Seidita- George Mason
126 Bennett Payne Fauquier won by Pin over Zach Lincoln-Bishop Ireton
132 Chuck Hilleary-Fauquier won by pin over Marshall
138 Tyler Budd-Fauquier Chase Whitley- St. Stephens/St. Agnes
145 Landon Dean-Fauquier won by pin over Marwan Teraioui-Fairfax
160 Seth Baker-Fauquier won TF 17-0 over Cameron Romirez-Chantilly
182 Aldair Ramos-Fauquier won by Pin over Thomas Callaham-TC Williams
285 Evan Oddenino-Fauquier bye