After a hot start in its inaugural season, Colonial Forge has found itself mired in a midseason rut. The Eagles went 1-2 in a quad meet over the weekend, losing to Fauquier and Stafford--a team they had defeated earlier in the season--and beating James Wood.
It has been an up-and-down season for Colonial Forge. At times the team appears dominant--the Eagles defeated one of the area's top teams in North Stafford--but it also has suffered some disappointing defeats.
"I'm not pleased at all," Colonial Forge Coach Bill Swink said. "We're a little banged up, but we've really been just flat. We've got to get back on track."
At the heart of Colonial Forge's troubles is an injury to arguably the team's top wrestler, 130-pound junior Jayson Jurek, who suffered his second concussion of the season in his first match at the Hammond Invitational two weeks ago. Jurek (25-1) likely will not return until the Commonwealth District tournament in mid-February. The Eagles placed 16th out of 25 teams at the Hammond tournament.
This weekend should be a tough one for Colonial Forge, which hosts a six-team tournament. Included is Western Branch of Chesapeake, one of the top teams in Virginia. The injury bug also has hit Brentsville. The Tigers went 0-2-1 at a quad over the weekend with Osbourn Park, West Springfield and Chantilly, and they may have lost senior heavyweight Brian McCue for the season to a knee injury. Also out of Brentsville's lineup with a knee injury is 103-pound wrestler Danny Mellender.
"We aren't looking like we should," Brentsville Coach Thad Kiesnowski said. "Hopefully, we'll start getting kids back to where they should be."