Eastern View wrestling coach Eric Brown stood on the Spotsylvania High School gymnasium floor Saturday afternoon beaming proudly while clutching the Battlefield District championship trophy.
Brown’s Cyclones won the district, Region 4B and the first team state championship in any sport last winter when they captured the Class 4 wrestling crown.
Still, despite all that success, the district championship meant something to Brown and his grapplers, seven of whom earned individual Battlefield titles on Saturday.
“It’s exciting to win everything,” Brown said. “Our 220 [Avery Sites] won his first match this weekend and we had people asking us if we just won the states because we were so excited. For us, these guys work out together and they bust their tails in the room. When a kid who is kind of green and learning comes through on top, it’s very exciting.”
The Cyclones won every title from weight class 106 through 132. Daniel Taylor (106), Blake Sheads (113), Dillon Werth (120), Johnny Laird (126) and Cameron Sheads (132) took home top honors.
Eastern View’s run was halted when King George captured its first of three titles. Cody Murgas won a 5–3 decision over the Cyclones’ Austin Kolikas at 138.
“I was a little upset with , not with his wrestling, but with the results,” Brown said. “But I think he’ll be fine.”
Eastern View scored 230 ½ points. King George (160) was second, followed by Spotsylvania (109 ½), Caroline (94), Courtland (75) and Chancellor (68).
Five of the six teams had at least one district champion.
In addition to Murgas, Ethan Indseth (170) and Mettres Murrill (182) earned titles for the Foxes.
Caroline had two champions in James Dosado (145) and Trenton Furrow (220). Chancellor and Spotsylvania had one title winner each in Michael Kreider (160) and Kyle Orris (285), respectively.
Brown said he was pleased with the way Jason Davis and CJ Taylor battled in decision losses to Dosado and Indseth by scores of 7–3 and 8–4.
“Both of those kids handled us last time,” Brown said. “I think we showed a little more fight this time.”
After the Cyclones’ early run ended, Drew Shurina (152) and Zac Brown (195) finished off the title with championship match victories. Sites’ defeat to Furrow in the 220 title match ended the day for Eastern View.
“We want to come back and win regions again and definitely win states,” said Blake Sheads, an Eastern View junior. “We want to become the second state champion team in a row.”
Eric Brown said the Cyclones still have work to do to get to that point. They’ll be tested at the region meet next Saturday at Powhatan. The veteran coach said he’d like to see a more aggressive team next weekend and beyond.
“We’ve been working a lot on our bottom game and I’m excited about the way we’re fighting there,” Brown said. “I just want to see them pull the trigger a little more often. We’re not getting the takedowns we should be getting. I want to see a little more offense on our feet.”
Team standings: 1. Eastern View 230.5; 2. King George 160; 3. Spotsylvania 109.5; 4. Caroline 94; 5. Courtland 75; 6. Chancellor 68.
Championship finals: 106—Daniel Taylor (EV) by fall over Moses Wilson (Sp) 3:31; 113—Blake Sheads (EV) by fall over David Norris (KG) 5:15; 120—Dillon Werth (EV) by fall over Hunter Cairns (Sp) 2:34; 126—Johnny Laird (EV) by fall over Micalib Johnson (Ct) 2:43; 132—Cameron Sheads (EV) dec. Kameron Johnson (KG) 3–1; 138—Cody Murgas (KG) dec. Austin Kolikas (EV) 5–3; 145—James Dosado (Ca) dec. Jason Davis (EV) 7-3; 152—Drew Shurina (EV) by fall over Jacob Wojciechowski (Ct) 0:31; 160—Michael Kreider (Ch) by fall over Christopher Reynoso (Ct) 1:42; 170—Ethan Indseth (KG) dec. CJ Taylor (EV) 8-4; 182—Mettres Murrill (KG) dec. Isaiah Aiken (Sp) 8–7; 195—Zac Brown (EV) by fall over Sonny Stewart (Sp) 0:32; 220—Trenton Furrow (Ca) by fall over Avery Sites (EV) 2:47; 285—Kyle Orris (Sp) by fall over Edward Childs (Ch) 2:58.
Third-place matches: 106—Jaykeb Williams (KG) bye; 113—Dylan Mikalowsky (Ch) by fall over Jeret Cornell (Ct) 5:28; 120—Gabe Nesmith (KG) by fall over John Romano 1:14; Jeremy Kraisser (KG) maj. dec. Seth Morcom (Sp) 11–1; 132—Paulo Pulido (Ct) by fall over Shane Shirley (Ca) 4:23; Trevor Beale (Ca) dec. Michael Lusnia (Ct) 11–10; 145—Cole Waddy (Sp) by fall over Jonah Kapp (KG) 2:20; 152—Hamid Shahram (Ca) TB–1 Trevor Alongi (KG) 9–7; 160—Griffin Smythers (EV) by fall over Ross Lewis (KG) 3:25. Bailey Yelton (Ch) by fall over Kevin Loveless (Sp) 5:41; 182—Chris Poole (Ca) forfeit over Joseph Colbert (Ch); 195—Braedon Hannah (KG) by fall over Pedro Melendez (Ca) 1:37; 220—Logan Kern (Sp) maj. dec. David Peebles (KG) 10-0; Presten Newman (KG) by fall over Chase Langaas (Ca) 0:21.