Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Raiders place second at Region II, send six to Salem

by Michael "Moe" Murphy
Clarke County Sports

2012-13 Loudoun County Raiders  Region II  Runner Up sending six to State Championships        
 Photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy / Clarke County Sports

 ALDIE, VA-(2/9/13) The Loudoun County Raiders continued to be one of the top wrestling teams in AA wrestling as they finished tied for second with Skyline and falling 3 points short of Fauquer County at the Region II Championships held Friday and Saturday at John Champe High School.

The Raiders had one individual champion as senior captain Logan Smith pinned Kyle Vangel of Sherando at 1:10. With the pin Smith picked up his 150th career victory.

“I knew I had 149 wins going into the match, so it was really special to get a pin,” Smith said. “I knew if I got a pin and we got some help we could win the tournament. I loosened him up a little bit, turned him on his back and pinned him.”

"We wrestled tough today." Raiders coach Joel Caruso said, "We are sending six, we should be sending eight, it was a tough day."

Kyle Schlue made it to the final round but lost a tough match to Skyline's Justin Williams with a fall at 3:27.

Six Raiders made it to Salem. Joining Smith and Schlue will be Luke Rivera (145), Hunter Day (160), Mitchell Stevens (170) and Alex Reader (182).

Two other Raiders narrowly missed a ticket to Salem when they finished in fifth place. Senior Matt Sun (126) lost a controversial decision to Fauquier's Garrett Tingen 5-4 and Brian Munroy lost by fall to Syline's Caleb VanDoren at 5:20.

Loudoun County senior Logan Smith gains position on Sherando's Kyle Vangel in the Region II 138 pound championship. The win gave Smith his 150th victory.                                     
                                                           photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy/ Clarke County Sports
Loudoun County's Kyle Schlue battles Skyline's Justin VanDoren in the Region II 220 pound championship. VanDoren scored a fall at 5:20
                                                            Photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy / Clarke County Sports
Loudoun County senior Matt Sun scores a 16-0 Tech Fall over Justin Martin of Powhatan. Sun finished 5th at the tournament.           Photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy  / Clarke County Sports

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