Jaden Bullock lost in the finals. Jacob Roth finished fourth and Tim Spooner took eighth as the Oaks finished 18th out of 27 teams in the VISAA state wrestling tournament.
All five members of the depleted team exceeded their seedings.
Bullock and Roth earned trips to the National Prep Wrestling Championship Tournament at Lehigh University, a collegiate wrestling powerhouse, in Bethlehem PA.
At 160 pounds, second-seeded sophomore Jaden Bullock had a bye but followed up with a fall over Woodberry’s Cochran in 47 seconds. Jaden then pinned CHC’s Chay by pin in 2:24 in the quarter finals. Bullock then crushed third-seeded John Flood of St. Chris in the semifinals in 47 seconds. Jaden’s quest for a state title will have to wait until next year. He dropped a close and exciting finals match to Benedictine’s Ageros, 3-1. Bullock, who is currently ranked seventh by the National Preps’ will seek a place on the All-American podium next week.
At 132 pounds, Jacob Roth also had a first-round bye and then hit the mat in the second round with a pin in 1:50 over Fishburn’s Bowles. In the quarter finals Jacob lit up rival Landon Kissell of Peninsula Catholic with a blistering 15-0 tech-fall in 2:35. Roth then took on Virginia’s top-ranked and two-time state champ Connor Alexander of St. Chris in the semifinals, falling by a 9-0 score. In the consolation semifinal, Jacob pinned Campbell of Collegiate in 4:00 to qualify for the nationals. His day ended with a solid effort in a tough loss in overtime 4-2 to Cole of Paul VI.
At 106 pounds, freshman Max Edwards returned to the lineup for the state tournament. He opened with a bye and then dropped a tech-fall to his TCIS rival and state third placer Dustin Smith of Pen. Catholic. Max then picked up his first state victory with a wild 15-10 win over Bishop Sullivan’s Melendez. However, his first state tournament ended with a tight loss to Hargrave’s Medlin 6-2. Max had an excellent first-year campaign with a winning record.
At 220 pounds, eighth-grader Topher Francis enjoyed an excellent first state tournament experience. He dropped his first match by pin to sixth-seeded senior O’Connell from PJPTG. He moved into the consolations and advanced a round after another wrestler withdrew. Topher lost his next match by pin to Webb of Ireton, but he finished in the top twelve of the state and learned valuable experience.
Norfolk Collegiate squandered a 19-point first half lead, then rallied for a dramatic 67-64 win over Cape Henry Collegiate Monday night in The Treehouse.
Super Soph Jordan Battle slashed through the Dolphins’ wake for a triple double, pouring in 32 points, adding 11 assists and pulling down 10 rebounds. A. J. Davis with 12 and Jakeim Robertson with 11 also scored in double figures for Collegiate, now 14-12 and 6-2 in the TCIS.
Battle hit both ends of a one-and-one with about a minute left to put the Oaks in the lead. Cape Henry had the ball for the final minute, but was unable to score as Jaeden Jefferson partially blocked a shot with five seconds remaining and Battle grabbed the rebound, securing the win.
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The boys play Norfolk Academy at 7 p.m. tonight, following the 5:30 start of the girls’ game.
Norfolk Collegiate 67, Cape Henry 64
CAPE HENRY: Moore 12, Cutler 7, T. Pope 9, J. Pope 6, Banister 10, Rucker 20.
NORFOLK COLLEGIATE: Davis 12, Jefferson 7, Robertson 11, Chatman 2, Lewis 3, Battle 32.
Norfolk Collegiate’s Jaden Bullock and Jacob Roth won titles at Saturday’s Tidewater Conference wrestling championships.
Roth bulled his way through a tough 132 pound weight class and was named the Tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.
Bullock, who wrestles at 160 pounds, and Peninsula Catholic’s Galilee Kissell were named Co-Outstanding Wrestlers of the year for the TCIS.
At 113 pounds, Dylan Pausch placed third and at 138 pounds, Tim Spooner also earned a third place.
Eighth grader Topher Francis placed fourth at 220 lbs. The Oaks finished fifth in the team standings.
The Oaks travel to the Woodberry Forest School outside of Culpepper on Friday for the state tournament.
PK Dawson led the Oaks to a 52-47 win over Hampton Roads Academy with 18 points, five rebounds and five assists on Thursday.
The win raises the girls basketball team’s record to 6-10 on the season. The team plays at Kempsville on Saturday, then returns home to play Norfolk Academy on Tuesday.
Sophomore Jordan Battle sank two free throws with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime and the boys basketball team played an inspired overtime to defeat Hampton Roads Academy, 76-70, on Thursday.
A.J. Davis led the Oaks with 26 points. Battle poured in 22. Jaeden Jefferson chipped in 16.
Collegiate, now 13-11 on the season, plays away at Life Christian tonight, then returns to the Treehouse for a White-Out Night against Cape Henry Collegiate on Monday. Game time is 7 p.m.
Norfolk Collegiate 76, Hampton Roads 70, OT
NORFOLK COLLEGIATE: Davis 26, Battle 22, Jefferson 16, Howlett 2, Robertson 2, Chatman 2, Williams 3, Hines 2.
HAMPTON ROADS: Norton 19, Jennison 23, Boyer 9, Prillaman 3, Pitt 13.
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The Oaks girls basketball team defeated Greenbrier Christian last week, 57-26, led by 20 points and six steals by PK Dawson and 16 points by Brianna Powell.
The team, now 4-10, plays at Walsingham Academy tonight.
Roth & Bullock Win Cosby Invitational Titles
Four Oaks wrestlers traveled to Richmond Saturday to compete in the Cosby Invitational and they placed 10th out of 15 teams.
At 132 pounds, Jacob Roth was 4-0 on the day with two pins, a 10-2 semi-final major decision and a thrilling late match reversal with 15 seconds left to down Mills Godwin’s Garrett Chandler 3-2 for the title.
At 160 pounds, Jaden Bullock thrilled the crowd with a stunning “Flying Squirrel” maneuver when he jumped over his Kellam opponents shot and turned in midair to shoot a double leg takedown for the sudden death victory in overtime. It was a phenomenal move by the Oak sophomore to win the gold. Bullock had posted a pin and a 15-0 technical fall earlier in the day.
Senior Tim Spooner and sophomore Dylan Pausch placed in the top eight.
Caleb Burks, Logan Pausch, Dan Calzini, & Truman Skaggs Win Fat Tuesday Classic Titles Friday
The Fat Tuesday Classic is a season-ending tournament for TCIS and Richmond private school middle and junior varsity wrestlers. The young Oaks posted 20 wins against 15 losses on the day. Jake Rosenblum, and Ty McKay won silver medals, Travis Calzares & Carter Thomson won bronze. Ronnie Boone, Topher Francis, & Mason Thibideau medal-ed at fourth place.
Caleb Burks pinned Norfolk Academy’s Chip Couser after building a 7-2 lead in the second period avenging his only loss of the season. Burks, a first year wrestler, was 10-1 with all of his victories being won by pin!
Oaks Lose tight Dual vs. Norfolk Christian, 34-23
The team juggled the lineup to try to make up for forfeits but the Ambassadors hung on for the win. Truman Skaggs stepped in at 106 and won by fall (pin). Max Edwards and Dylan Pausch moved up weight classes and wrestle tough but their bigger opponents prevailed. Jacob Roth won by a 16-0 technical fall over a very tough Grayson Ingram who happens to be Norfolk Christian’s coaches son. Tim Spooner wrestled very well winning by fall. Monroe Forehand wrestled hard despite back spasms before falling 12-4.
Jaden Bullock won by forfeit.
Norfolk Collegiate 23 Norfolk Christian 34
106 Truman Skaggs WBF :44 Elijah Lister
113 Max Edwards LBF 2:45 Justin Duggan
120 Dylan Pausch LBF 1:44 Nate Scully
126 No match
132 Jacob Roth WTF 16-0 Grayson Ingram
138 Tim Spooner WBF 3:36 Jered Lepson
145 Monroe Forehand LMD 12-4 Alex Newman
152 Forfeit LBFF Luke Carlson
160 Jaden Bullock WBFF Forfeit
170 No match
182 Forfeit LBFF Andrew Allgood
195 No match
220 No match
285 Forfeit LBFF Carson Coale
The Oaks grapplers dropped two close opening matches before rallying with three straight dual wins to finish in 5th place. The team lost to Maury 36-24 and to Churchland 38-30 before topping Booker T. Washington 36-22, Norcom 42-0, and Northumberland 42-24. For more pictures and video from the day, go to Oaks Grapplers.
Individually Jacob Roth, Monroe Forehand, and Jaden Bullock earned gold medals, Max Edwards won a silver, and Dylan Pausch, Ashton Hall, and Tim Spooner won bronze.
Lake Taylor won the Duals with a victory over Churchland in the finals, Maury defeated Wilson for third place. The Oaks defeated Northumberland for fifth, Booker T. Washington won over Norcom for seventh.
MS/JV Wrestle Tough at Norfolk Christian Jamboree
Caleb Burks, Greg Robinette, and Logan Pausch Go Unbeaten
Burks and Robinette pinned both of their opponents Wednesday while Pausch had one fall and a gritty 4-3 win vs his NA opponent.
Ronnie Boone, Truman Skaggs, Dan Calzini, and Ty McKay split their bouts. Carter Thomson, Travis Calzares, Jake Rosenblum, Topher Francis, and Mason Thibideau all wrestled well. Thibideau wrestled tough at heavyweight, dropping two well fought bouts.
Roth Places 4th at the Ram Rumble
Jacob Roth was the only medalist for the Oaks at the very tough Ram Rumble at Lafayette HS in Williamsburg. Roth won 6 of eight matches against top competition. Tim Spooner wrestled well winning three of five bouts and all three by pin. Max Edwards also won three of five bouts with two by pin.
The varsity will travel to nearby Norfolk Christian for a 5:30 dual Wednesday. The Middle School team will compete in the Fat Tuesday Classic at Norfolk Academy Friday. The varsity will compete at the Cosby Classic in Richmond on Saturday. Times to be announced.
Jacob Roth Pin
Monroe Forehand Pin
Sophomore Jordan Battle scored 14 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter and the Oaks overcame a halftime deficit to down Norfolk Christian School, 109-87, Friday at home.
Fellow Soph Jaeden Jefferson added 24 points.
On Saturday, the Oaks fell just short against powerhouse Hargrave Military Academy in an afternoon tilt.
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Norfolk Collegiate 109, Norfolk Christian 87
NORFOLK CHRISTIAN: James 28, Johnson 10, Tompkins 2, Ford 13, Payton 4, Armstrong 14, Lawton 16.
NORFOLK COLLEGIATE: Battle 41, Jefferson 24, Howlett 5, How 14, Chatman 10, Lewis 2, Williams 5, Hines 9.
On the team front, it’s been a tough season so far for the depleted Oaks wrestlers because they start most matches with as many as seven forfeits.
But there have been individual stars, as there were in the loss to Norfolk Academy in the TCIS opener.
Sophomore Jaden Bullock is ranked number one in the area at 160 pounds and is in the top 10 nationally in one prep ranking.
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Trey Castodio down early for the lead but the experienced NA wrestler rallied for the win 10-4. Max is gaining on him however, he lost by pin last month to Custodio.
At 113 pounds, Dylan Pausch continued his assault on TCIS opponents with a first period using a cross-face cradle to pin NA’s Riley Doyle in 1:06.
Ashton Hall dropped a 9-2 decision to Mac McMann 9-2. The match was very competitive with Ashton down 5-2 late in the third period as he was working hard to turn McMann he was reversed to his back. An excellent effort by the first year freshman.
At 132, Jacob Roth returned to the line-up following a month absence due to injury. The state finalist set a blistering pace leading 12-0 with a first period pin. Jacob is now 9-0 on the year.
Senior Tim Spooner bumped up to 138 for the night and was in a tight scramble with NA’s Justin Zahn and was headlocked and pinned. If there is a rematch down the road the coaching staff believes there will be a much different result.
Sophomore 145 lb. Monroe Forehand dominated Wyatt Fleming with a headlock of his own for a pin in 1:07! A nice start to the new year for Monroe.
Fellow sophomore Jaden Bullock did not make weight but he did wrestle an exhibition match verses his Peninsula Catholic Tournament 170 lb. finals opponent Seth Lucas who he decisioned 6-2. This time the Oaks state medalist scored a 17-2 technical fall over Lucas to end the match after 2 periods. The snow storm school closing may have given Bullock some additional weight but it sure didn’t hurt his wrestling technique which was outstanding! Jaden should return to 160 Saturday.
Eighth grader Topher Francis put up a good fight at 220 against NA’s Carlton Ford losing by
Earlier, the Oaks picked up a win at the Franklin Duals defeating Washington & Lee 36-24 and lost a dual on a coin flip after being tied with Lakeland High School 36-36. Overall the Oaks went 1-4 on the day dual wise but it had it’s share of exciting matches with the wrestlers going 25-10 in bouts.
They started the day off with the win over W&L, with Max Edwards, Ashton Hall, Tim Spooner, and Monroe Forehand picking up wins by forfeit. Dylan Pausch dropped a hard fought match by fall in 2:41 before Jacob Roth won by fall in 1:13 followed by Jaden Bullocks win by pin in 1:12.
Northumberland High School slipped past the Oaks 36-28 while Edwards, Roth, and Forehand won by forfeit. Both Pausch and Hall
had tough losses by fall, while Spooner won by fall in :33 and Bullock defeated “A” Region Champion Davis 16-3.
Mathews High School also narrowly defeated the Oaks by a 36-30 score. The dual was highlighted by pins from Edwards at 106, Roth at 132, and Bullock at 170.
The Oaks then took on powerful Deep Creek High Sschool, the Franklin Duals Tournament Champions losing by a 46-15 score. Roth won by fall in 3:01 as did Forehand in 1:11. Jaden Bullock was battle tested after falling behind early 7-3 before rallying in the third period with a thrilling come from behind win over Deep Creeks Tim Gardner 8-7.
In the place round, the Oaks and Lakeland, two teams with too many holes in their line-ups faced off with only two bouts being contested. Jacob Roth pinned D. Montreane in 1:11 followed by Lakeland’s L. Jacobs pinning the Oaks Monroe Forehand after Forehand was rolled through with a pinning combination for the upset. Then the coin toss, which Lakeland won.
“On the surface you could say we are not happy with our current 2-17 record,” Coach Mike Newbern said. “But our wrestlers have continued to win more matches contested than our opponents in every dual or tournament. It’s tough going into matches forfeiting seven weight classes which equals 42 points, but our boys continue to fight hard every match. I’m very proud of them and our middle school numbers are up, and our future is bright”
Thanks for the summaries to Coach Newbern, who apparently retains the skills he honed as a sportswriter at Lehigh University’s Brown and White newspaper.