Adam Fassnacht had some words for Robinson Coach Brian Hazard tonight moments before he stepped onto the mat to claim his first Virginia AAA wrestling title:
Fassnacht earned a state title in a third sport by defeating Centreville senior Brendan Raedy, 3-2, in the 215-pound final. Fassnacht -- who picked up wrestling as a freshman as a way to stay in shape for lacrosse -- also won titles last spring for the Fairfax school's lacrosse team and the 2000 football team.
This one, Fassnacht said, was different.
"This was definitely the hardest," said Fassnacht, who has committed to play lacrosse for the University of Virginia. "Even though this was a sport I did only to keep in shape for lacrosse, this feels the best because I'm out there on my own. Though I really do feel I need to give special thanks to Coach Hazard."
Fassnacht's win was Robinson's first individual title since 1991.
"Adam is such a joy to have on the team," Hazard said. "When he said that to me before the match I started quivering and told him just go out and wrestle the match."
No. 1 Colonial Forge finished an area-best fourth with 92 points. Great Bridge claimed its sixth consecutive AAA title with 233.5 points. Kempsville (104) was second, followed by Cox (98). The championships were held at Oscar Smith High School.
Stonewall Jackson and No. 6 Robinson finished tied for fifth with 63 points. No. 4 Hayfield and No. 5 Herndon tied for seventh with 62 points. Madison was 10th with 45 points.
Colonial Forge senior Scott Fisher avenged a history of state tournament frustration for himself and his school.
The 152-pounder earned his first state title and the first for the Stafford school that has quickly risen among the top wrestling teams in Virginia in its fourth varsity season.
Fisher defeated Great Bridge senior Nick Pullano, 2-1.
"I'm kind of at a loss for words," Fisher said. "To go down as our first state champion is unbelievable."
Herndon senior Eric Zakrzewski felt a whole new set of emotions as he stood atop the podium for the second straight season after claiming the 171-pound title with a 7-6 win over Great Bridge senior Mike Belew.
"It's a different experience," Zakrzewski said. "I came here a little more relaxed knowing what the process is like but one was definitely just as exciting. Knowing what to expect makes it a little easier, but I did have something to lose and trying to defend a title adds a little pressure."
Sam Alvarenga suffered his first loss of the season in one of the most exciting matches of the finals. The Edison senior 135-pounder lost in overtime, 7-5, to Great Bridge two-time champion Donnie Ooton.
With his team trailing 4-3, Alvarenga scored a two-point reversal with 20 seconds remaining in the third period to open a 5-4 advantage before Ooton tied the match with an escape with five seconds left.
Ooton sealed the win with a takedown roughly 30 seconds into overtime.
"Making it to the final was a dream," said Alvarenga (41-1), who placed third last season at 130 pounds. "That's what my goal was at the beginning of the season, so even though I didn't win, it was a great experience."
Colonial Forge junior Jay Chichester ran into a tough foe in his first state final appearance. Chichester (35-8), the area's top-ranked 130-pounder, fell to Great Bridge senior Daniel Frishkorn (51-2), who won his fourth state title.
Fairfax junior Joe Fitterer reached the 145-pound final in his first trip to the state tournament but fell to Great Bridge defending champion Hunter Davenport, 9-6.
Westfield senior Chris Goings reached the 160-pound final but fell to Great Bridge defending champion Ajay Foreman, 10-2.
Behind third-place finishes from sophomore Nathaniel Barbee (103) and Brian Graney (125), Stonewall Jackson finished fifth, its highest since placing second in 1998.