Reservoir's Colabucci eyes 171-pound title

By Andy Marso and Greg Schimmel
Special to The Washington Post
Wednesday, December 15, 2010; 5:05 PM

Pat Downey went 34-0 and won a Maryland 4A/3A state title at 171 pounds as a junior at North County last winter. This winter, Downey, 18, has been suspended from school and faces a Feb. 18 trial on multiple assault charges stemming from two separate incidents.

Downey's misdeeds - one alleged assault came in the parking lot of M&T Bank Stadium, another came at a Baltimore night club in June, according to The Baltimore Sun - have created an opening atop 171-pound weight division that another undefeated state champ ion is poised to fill.

An offseason growth spurt has Reservoir senior Mark Colabucci starting the season at 171 after going 44-0 and winning state as a 145-pounder last fall.

Colabucci was the leader of a Reservoir team that won the 4A/3A state tournament and dual meet title for the first time in school history. Colabucci also became the program's first individual state champion and completed the team's first undefeated season one year after going 1-2 at state.

But he said he isn't satisfied yet.

"It just motivates me to do it again," he said. "Just wrestle better, work harder and be the best I can I guess."

Colabucci said he might drop down to 160 at some point, but feels comfortable at 171 now that he's 5 feet, 11 inches tall.

He said Downey's absence played no role in his decision to wrestle at 171, as he expected the former Knights' star to be up at 189 this season anyway.

The Maryland State Wrestling Association ranks Colabucci at No. 4 in the state at 171, behind Southern Garrett senior Jakob "Bubba" Scheffel, John Carroll senior Matt Miller and Mt. St. Joe junior Tyler Rill.

Southern Garrett wrestles in the 2A/1A state tournament and John Carroll and Mt. St. Joe are private schools, which leaves the 4A/3A state bracket short on big names at 171.

"I wouldn't say there's anyone really there that's the favorite," Colabucci said. "There's a couple tough kids there still, but I don't really see a favorite."

Fauquier won't back down

Fauquier has shuttled back and forth between Virginia AAA and AA classification, but the Warrenton school has not shied away from seeking out and competing in top-level events regardless of its size.

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