Wrestlers Second in TCIS Tourney, Head to States
Wrestlers Pick up Four Seconds, Three Thirds, and Three Fourth Place Medals
Cape Henry began the TCIS Tournament with 11 first or second seeds, strong favorites for the title, so the fight was on for second place with the Oaks, Bishop Sullivan, Norfolk Academy, Peninsula Catholic and upstart Norfolk Christian battling at Saturday’s meet.
During the regular season, the Oaks handled NA, PC, and Norfolk Christian, but they were tripped up by Bishop Sullivan in the dual. Christian won by criteria over NA, and then lost to PC by criteria. BSC edged NA in a close dual. So the schools seemed evenly matched coming into Saturday.
That proved to be the case as the battle for second through fifth was swapped throughout the day.
In the end, Cape Henry took the title with 260 points, but Norfolk Collegiate’s strong showing earned a runner-up spot with 135 points, ahead of Norfolk Academy with 123.5. Following were Bishop Sullivan with 113 points, Norfolk Christian with 91, Peninsula Catholic with 72, and Greenbrier Christian with 0.
The Oaks wrestlers earned 13 pins during the day accounting for 26 points, pushing the team past NA and BSC.
Senior Nolan Leavitt and freshman sensation Blake Sibley each picked up 3 pins along with their third place finishes. Senior Ian Stokes and sophomore Alex Sarris had to pins each. Eighth grader Charlie Bashara, junior Joey Conn, and sophomore David Baldwin each scored a pin for the cause.
Team Results by Weight Class
106: Eighth grader Elijah Nestor lost by pins to 4th seeded Etheridge of NChr in the quarters and by pin to NA’s third seeded Zabler and
failed to place in his first TCIS tournament.
113: Eighth grader Charlie Bashara dropped his quarter final match to third seeded senior Lynch of BSC before winning by fall over Frech of NChr. Bashara then faced Lynch again for third place. Lynch won again with Bashara placing fourth. In a weight class that featured a National Prep All-American, a state sixth placer, and a senior, it was a job well done Charlie.
120: Sophomore K.J. Edmond the fourth seed met former National Prep Champion Will Mason in the semis, losing by fall. K.J. was then upset in the consolations and failed to place.
126: Senior Tony Protogyrou opened his semifinal round with a dominating 14-2 win over Hamilton of BSC. Tony then faced a familiar foe in the finals from Cape Henry, Scott Cunningham. It was a tight battler all three periods but Cunningham pulled out the win with a late first period takedown, hanging on to win 3-0. For his effort Cunningham was voted the tournaments Outstanding Wrestler Award.
In the four tournaments Tony has competed in this season, he has won the outstanding wrestler award twice, and lost in the finals in close matches to the outstanding wrestler twice. Protogyrou will be looking to recapture the OW Award next Saturday in Richmond.
132: Third seeded Senior Nolan Leavitt opened the tournament with the first of his 3 falls with a victory over NA’s Morrison in 4:57. He dropped his semifinal match to CHC’s Lim by a 3-1 score, just missing out on a nearfall as time expired. Nolan quickly rebounded with pins over Bills of PC in 2:48 and Pethtel of NChr in 4:45 for third place. Another solid performance from our team captain.
138: Sophomore Alex Sarris followed Leavitt’s lead, with an opening round bonus win, a 22-11 major decision over Semmes of PC. Alex dropped a 16-8 match to top seeded Smith of CHC. Sarris then stormed back to two pins to claim third place, pinning Burns of NChr in :59 and Semmes in a rematch in 3:34.
145: Senior Ian Stokes scored an opening round pin of :47 over Daugherty of NChr. Ian then dropped a tough 13-2 semifinal bout to Mytelka of CHC. He stayed alive in the consolation round with a pin over Dykes of GCA before being upset by Cooper of NA, finishing in fourth place.
152: Second seeded sophomore Noah Roistacher had an opening round bye before defeating Kazakis of NA by an 11-7 score to advance to the finals. Noah’s title run came up short with a loss by 1:25 fall to Armistead of CHC.
160: Junior Joey Conn had a first round win by fall over Pampalone of NA in 3:41. Joey then defeated NChr’s Garrett de Mik for the third time this season by decision 5-3. Joey then met Noordanus of CHC for the second year in a row in the finals, finishing second after losing by fall in 1:58.
170: Freshman Blake Sibley had an outstanding first TCIS tournament. Blake had an opening round pin over NA’s Padgett in 1:00. He then dropped a hard fought 4-2 semifinal match in overtime to NChr’s Critides. Sibley then rolled to third place by pinning Douglas of BSC in 2:54 and Lively of PC in just 1:25. A freshman finishing his first post season tournament with 3 pins in just 5:20, second fastest in the tournament is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations for a great performance.
182: Top seeded sophomore David Baldwin had a first round bye. He then pinned semifinal opponent Villaverde of BSC in 1:03. David’s title hopes came up short in the finals where he was upset by Kantor of CHC by a 15-7 score.
195: First year sophomore Cody Bennett, wrestling up two weight classes gave his all in placing fourth. Bennett lost his semifinal to top seed Baine of CHC by fall in 4:56. He dropped a hard fought 6-3 decision to Williard on NA.
The Oaks do not have wrestlers in the 220 and 285 lb. weight classes.
The Oaks travel to Richmond for the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association State Wrestling Tournament at Hermitage High School Friday and Saturday. Wrestling begins at 6:00 pm Friday and 9:00 am Saturday