Woodbridge returns eight wrestlers in its bid to repeat as Commonwealth District champions. Gar-Field should provide the strongest resistance. Broad Run and Handley should give three-time consecutive Northwestern District champion Osbourn a run for the crown. George Mason appears to be tops in the Bull Run, where only three teams are currently competing. Strasberg, due to its success on the football field, is late helding a team while five other schools do not field wrestling programs.
Under second-year coach Roger Rinker, the Cougars will be much improved over last season. Rinker has high hopes for sophomore Chad Ming at 98 pounds and senior Mike Rinker (145).
1987 is not going to be a smooth ride for the Falcons. With the graduation of Fred Ramburg, who placed second in the state at 155 pounds, and Gary Hurst, who was second in the region at 145 pounds, the Falcons will be lacking in experience and depth. The burden will therefore fal on the shoulders of three seniors: Bryan Hurst at 138 pounds, Mike Teatesat at 145 pounds and 167-pounder Craig Thomas.
The Indians will be one of the top district teams. With eight starting seniors, this squad has experience and depth. Back for Gar-Field are seniors Steve Cardwell (185 pounds), Kenny Kerr (145), heavyweight Glenn Baucom, Kevin Haller (98/105), Danny Short (138), Butch Eicier (132) and Kuan Svagaow (126). Also returning are junior Mike Revels (98/105) and sophomores Mike Johnson (155) and Aaron Magee (112/119).
Coach Tom Carr's Wolverines finished ninth in the district tournament a year ago with a young team. The squad's only district champion, Eric Major (138) graduated. But the fourth-year coach is optimistic with 10 returnees, including juniors Jon Crat (112) and Keith Johnson (119/126), junior Randy Duval (heavyweight) and seniors Scott Carmine (155) and Jack King (176). A year ago the Volverines lost to district rival Potomac by 41 points. This season North Stafford (1-1 in 1987) came up short by just 10. Carr hopes the improvement continues with experience.
The Yellow Jackets hope top make strides over last year's fifth-place finish in the district. Aiding that improvement is senior Mark Todd at 119 pounds. He'll be joined by senior Keith Yarnell (145) and senior Kevin Cunningham (176). Junior Steve Foster will be at 98 pounds while junior Leo Pointe checks in at 125 pounds.
With only 10 previous wrestlers out of a head of 42, the Panthers will spend the season getting to know one another as well as last-year coach Don Scarr. Scarr will depend junior Travis Harris at 112 pounds, senior Scott Ruhrn (126) and senior Ashton Hildith (138). New faces include freshman Jeff Bone (98) pounds, Paul Kersse (167) and heavyweight Nacho Alleyne.
The Indians, who were 3-6 in the district last season, hope to crack the top four this year. That could be difficult. But with Morris Smith, a 167-pound senior, and junior heavyweight Leonard Short, both off whom advanced but didn't place in the state last season, returning, second-year coach, Gerald Brooks has reason to be optimistic.
Brooks also has four other returning seniors: Bucky Buchanan (126), John Spiak (132), Joe McAlister (145) and brother John (138). Stonewall Jackson
After graduating Lannie Waller, the district and regional champion at 155 pounds, as well as 176-pound district champion Tom Burrell, the Raiders this season will be striving for respectability. Seniors Adrian Joye at 119 pounds, Steve Crone at 185 pounds and Scott Briscoe (167) will anchor a very young team. Andy Wilson, a 112-pound junior and freshman Ricky Arigo (98) will be names of the future.
With the graduation of four top starters, the Colonials, with a predominately sophomore and junior team, will find themselves in a rebuilding mode. Leading the way will be Kris Kelican, who place second in the state at 98 pounds last year. Scott Franklin was third in the district last year at 185 pounds. Steve Rao, who placed third in the district at 119 pounds and Eddie Hillyard (145) are also back.
Top newcomers include junior Ronnie Shields (112), junior heavyweight Tommy Walters and 132-pound sophomore Jay Allegra. Woodbridge
The Vikings are returning eight wrestlers from last year's district championship squad. They are led by senior A.J. Johnson at 167 pounds, Shannon Hazzard, a 126-pound senior, who finished second in the district, first in the region and sixth in the state. Also back is Raleigh Harsley, who won the district last year at 119 pounds, Ben Ramirez, who was district champion a 185 pounds and heavyweight Reggie Mincey, who was third in the district. Along with Gar-Field, this should be one of the top teams in the district.
The Spartans finished second in the district last season and have nine starters returning. Among them are Doug Esguerra, a 116-pound senior. Esquerra was the regional champion and placed third in the state at 119-pounds. Senior Kenny Pasons, who finished 17-5 overall last season at 145 pound, is up to 155 pounds this year. Senior Dyan Lawlor, who finished 14-4 last year, is up to 167 from 155. And heavyweight James Lucas, a two-time district champion returns.
A few newcomers to watch are freshmen Jeff Lawlor (119) and Jamie Kuesel (138). Along with defending-champion Osbourn and Handley, the Spartans will complete for top district honors.
The Judges placed third in the district last season and should compete for top honors this season along with Osbourn and Broad Run. The Judges will field eight seniors, six returning from last year's varsity lineup. Ki Hong, who was district champion and regional runnerup at 98 pounds is back. Also returning are Doug Doughty (105), Gary Hartman (112), Patrick Funkhouser, who finished second in the district and third in the region at 132 pounds. Manuel Tederick, a four-year starter, who wrestled at 126 pounds is back to 138 pounds.
The Raiders are young and inexperienced and are hoping for better results by season's end. The Raiders have five starters back from last year's team which finished sixth in the district. they will be led by Matt Mydlinski, a 155-pound senior. Mydlinski finished second in the district and fifth in the region at 145 pounds. Also back at 132 pounds is senior Joe Grill, who wrestled at 119 pounds last season.
Promising wrestlers for the Raiders include sophomore Tony Royse at 138 pounds. Also expected to do well is sophomore Matt Neville (167). Sophomore John McCue is a 185-pounder and freshman Joe Daiggneau will wrestle at 105 pounds.
"We've got a very dedicated young group of wrestlers," said second-year coach David Hearn. "But we've got a real tough district and it isn't going to be easy. I'll be tickled if we can win a few matches within our district." Loudoun Valley
The Vikings are probably still a year away but after finishing fifth in last year's district tournament, 1987 looks promising. This will be a young team led by juniors' Brad Texter (98 pounds), David Nix (112), Grant Sacquity (126), John Fleming (138) and heavyweight John Everhard. Sophomore Eric McGarrah is also back at 132.
Juniors Dave Curtis (119), Scott Anderson (119), J.J. Merchnt (185) and senior Charlie Eastwood at 145 are new to the team. Osbourn
The Eagles will be trying to keep their three-year undefeated district record intact. Along with Handley and Broad Run, Osbourn should be the class of the division. Four-year coach Lee Stevenson hopes to use the dual part of the season for his young wrestlers to gain the experience necessary to perform well in the tournament competition at the end of the year.
Returning for Stevenson is a cast of very young talent led bu junior Tommy Hockman at 138 pounds. Other juniors are Ryan Paterson (119) and Trent Gibson (132). Sophomore Chris Hughes checks in at 105 pounds. Senior Kevin Zapf will wreslte at 119 or 126.
The Patriots graduated seven starters from last year's team which placed fourth in the district. So this year's team will be lacking in experience. if the Patriots are to equal last year's success, they will need good performances from senior 119-pounder Aam Crippen and Allen Conrad (132). They both placed fifth in the state last year. Also returning is junir Chris Alsop at 105 pounds. At 112 pounds is returning senior Miek LaRe, who wrestled at 98 pounds last year and was fourth in the district. Up fromm 132 pouns is senior Steve Ireland, who will wrestle at 138 pounds.
New to the team is freshman J.P. Taylor (98) and sophomore Andrew Cleveland (126). At 185 pounds is sophomore Steve Williams, at 167 is sophomore Brandon Hipps. And at heavyweight is sophomore Chris Barry.
"We will be a very inexperienced in the beginning but we hope to gain some experience by midseason to be competitive," said Coach Mack Piercy. "So it should be an interesting year. Early on we'l probably take some knocks because we are so young."
The Wildcats hope to make strides over last year's last-place ditrict finish. But with six freshmen, five sophomores and only one junior and senior, it won't be easy. Among those Coach Charles Dodge is counting on are sophomore John Spencer (119 pounds), senior Vincent Warrick (126) and sophomore Shane Woolf (138). Freshman Greg Lewis (98), Sophomore Tim Cheeks (167) and senior Todd Six (145) are the newcomers.
BULL RUN DISTRICT
The Tigers under 17th-year coach Thaddeus Kiesnowski finished third in the district and second in last year's regionals. This year will be a tough one for the Tigers, who graduated five starters and lost another first-stringer, heavyweight Brad Thomas with a broken ankle. Senior Donavan Goode, who finished fourth in the state at 176 returns as does Brette Arbogast who placed second in the state at 145.
The Mustangs, with a lot of experience in the middle weight classes, should be the team to beat in the Bull Run. Seniors Jamie Freeman (119 pounds), Gage Garcia (167 pounds) and Brent Johnson at 185 pounds lead the team. Joining them will be juniorts Bret Freeman (112) and Robert Elmore (138). Sophomore Jared Guckenberger (138), senior Esteban Johdahl (155) and Jeff Jones (132) will try to fill in the spaces left by graduating seniors Juan Nguyen, who was the state champion last year at 126, Mike Leaker, who was second in the state at 132 and Terrance O'Grady, who finished seventh in the state at 155.
The Cougars, who placed third in the district last season, have lost eight starters from last year's squad and may not be able to duplicate last year's finish. However, among the returnees is 167-pound state champion Carl Gentry. Also back is heavy-weight Roy Hall, who placed third in the district and region last year. Some new faces include sophomore Tony Pearson at 132 pounds, Timmy Tibbs a 98-pound sophomore and Roger Haun at 126 pounds.