Caissons Wrestling Takes 2nd at VIC Championships

Fishburne Military School travels to Hargrave for the VIC Tournament Championships.

recap by Coach Waters
It all came down to the last match. Fishburne Military School needed a pin. But when the dust settled after a hard-fought match and a gallant effort by Junior (and first-year wrestler) Elijah JohnsonFishburne Military School (Waynesboro, VA) Wrestling (Towson, MD), who pulled out a 14-6 win, Hargrave had pulled out a 132-131 victory.  Roanoke Catholic was 3rd followed by Covenant ,Virginia Episcopal School and Blue Ridge.

“We were in an uphill battle before the tournament started and I asked the kids to just put it all out there to leave it all on the mat, and they did!”, noted Caissons Coach Terry Waters.

Claiming the Gold was 113-pounder Levi Smith (Fayetteville, NC), who avenged a loss to Roanoke Catholic on senior night.  Levi was on a mission all day. He wrestled as well as he has the past 2 years. He wanted to repeat as the VIC Champion and he did that.

At 120 Pounds, Brennan McBride (Coatesville, PA) claimed Fishburne’s next Gold and dominated the entire tournament winning every match by 1st-period pins.  We told Brennan we need pins to catch up and compensate for those that didn’t wrestle in the tournament and to help the team compete. He went out there and got the job done.

At 126, Alex Tackas (Walpole, MA) won his first two matches and then locked horns with Roanoke Catholic in the finals were he dropped a heart-breaker 1-0. He wrestled well and did everything to win; but just could not get the escape in time. Tackas would add the silver to the Caissons’ medal count.

At 132, Adam Bowles (Sewickley, PA) placed 4th.

At 138, first-year wrestler Jon Smith (Fredericksburg, VA) did not show any nervousness en route to giving the Caissons their third Gold medal on the day by pinning his way to the championship.  Jon is a super athlete who is a pleasure to coach, he listens and works hard in the practice room and it shows.

At 145, Freshman John Sawn (Glen Allen, VA) picked up a 4th place medal.  John was in perhaps the toughest bracket and weight class of the tournament and wrestled well as a freshman to earn 4th place honors.

At 152, Senior Jack Gregory (Fallston, MD) wrestled his way to the championship were he lost a tough see-saw match to claim the silver for Fishburne.

At 195, Sophomore Andres Arellano (Tourville, VA) picked up an important Bronze medal with his 3rd place finish.

At 220, Elijah Johnson followed with a Bronze of his own.

At 285,  Senior Silvio Dionisotti (Sudbury, MA) wrestled the number 1 ranked heavyweight in the state and 3rd ranked nationally to a 0-0 first period finish.  During the second period with the score still tied, Sivio suffered a high ankle sprain. After being taped, he insisted to continue but once on the mat I pulled him from the match with the thought of states next Friday.

All told, Fishburne sent 10 to the mat and all ten placed in order to secure the runner-up trophy.

“I am as proud of the group that stepped on the mat and stepped up to compete with their backs against the wall as any I have coached here at Fishburne,” concludes Waters.
Next up, The State Tournament.

Celebrating 100 years as a US Army JROTC unit, Fishburne Military School is the oldest and smallest of all military schools for boys in Virginia. Its college-prep curriculum is built on the structure of an Army JROTC program. FMS has been designated as a JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction and may nominate qualified candidates to the United States Service Academies. Fishburne hosts one of only four Summer JROTC programs in the nation that is accredited by US Army Cadet Command.