Fishburne Military School Wrestlers Strong at State Tournament

Fishburne Military School Wrestling Represents the School Well at the State Championships

recap from Coach Terry Waters

When the dust settled, the Fishburne Military School Wrestling Team finished 12th out of 40 schools at the State Championships over the weekend. As for the Div II schools, theFishburne Military School (Waynesboro, VA) Wrestling Caissons finished a mere 4.5 points from claiming another VISAA DII state team title.

Results, by weight class, for the VISAA State Championships are as follows:

113. FMS did not field a wrestler.

120. Brennan McBride (Junior; Coatesville, PA) made it to the semi-finals were he dropped a highly competitive match, 3-2. McBride would not lose again and went on to win the consolation finals and place third, punching his ticket to Prep nationals.

126. Alex Takacs (Sophomore; Walpole, MA) wrestled the best he has all year, opening with two quick pins to advance to the quarter finals where he lost a hard-fought match. Takacs then went about not only staying alive in the tournament but earning team points by putting together 2 straight wins to secure a state medal. Takacs then came up against the number 2 ranked wrestler in the state and lost in a tough match. He battled back through the consolation brackets, winning a match to put him in position for a 5th or 6th place finish. Takacs locked horns with the same wrestler that knocked him into the consolation brackets. Takacs won the match 7-2 to place fifth and earn a wild card to the National Prep Tournament.

132 pounds. Adam Bowles (Junior; Sewickley, PA) wrestled well but dropped 2 hard matches.138 pounds. Jon Smith (Sophomore; Fredericksburg, VA) won his first two matches before losing to the eventual champion in the quarter finals. He would bounce back to wrestle for a spot on the medal stand, but then to a Hargrave wrestler he had pinned a week ago.

145 pounds. John Sawn (Freshman; Glen Allen, VA) went 3-2 in the tournament just missing the medal round, losing to more experience wrestlers.152. First-year wrestler Jack Gregory (Senior; Fallston, MD) had the task of wrestling the returning state champ in his first match. Gregory went 0-2 but wrestled hard and never gave up.

195. Andres Arellano (Sophomore; Tourville, VA) wrestled the best he has all year. Down 7-1 Arellano refused to quit and roared back for a 8-7 win that put him 1 match away from a state medal.  He then dropped a close 5-4 decision to end up with 3 wins and 2 losses for the tournament.

220. First-year wrestler Elijah Johnson (Jumior; Towson, MD) finished just one win shy of the medal round.

285. Silvio Dionisotti (Senior; Sudbury, MA), wrestling with a high ankle sprain, fought his way into the semi final match where he fell in a 3-2 match. Although Silvio was disappointed, he battled back in the Consolation rounds to get a pin over the Hargrave heavyweight. Then, with 5 seconds on the clock and trailing by one, Dionisotti secured a 2-point take down to win a thrilling all out match and, more importantly, place third.

Dionisotti, McBride and Takacs travel today to compete in the 84th National Prep Wrestling Tournament hosted by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.


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.