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Eagles finish third in Northwest Region tournament

Monday, February 11, 2013

NOKESVILLE -- Reigning Group AAA state champion Colonial Forge claimed three individual titles Saturday at Patriot High School en route to capturing its 12th consecutive Northwest Region wrestling championship.

By winning, Colonial Forge, which competes in the Commonwealth District, has retired the regional title. With approved Virginia High School League (VHSL) reclassification and realignment, the Northwest Region will cease to exist at the end of the current school year.

Franklin County, the last team other than Colonial Forge to win the regional title, placed third.

Oddly enough, only a half-a-point separated FCHS and Colonial Forge in the 2001 championships at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville.

Our wrestlers battled to a top three spot in a very tough wrestling Region this weekend. Colonial Forge a very experienced team and so is Forest Park who finished 2nd. Our young team performed very well for our age and experience,' FCHS head coach Emanuel Brown said.

From 2002-2013, Colonial Forge has dominated the regionals in the sport. In fact, it won two regional championships at FCHS.

Colonial Forge scored 239.5 points.

Forest Park of the Cardinal District finished second with 193, followed by Western Valley District champion FCHS (144) in third and Battlefield (120.5) of the Cedar Run District and Orange (96.5) of the Commonwealth District was fifth.

WVD runner-up Patrick Henry (74) came in ninth.

Colonial Forge, Forest Park and FCHS also finished first, second and third in last year's regionals.

Forest Park has finished in the runner-up spot each of the last three years. FCHS has placed third three times (2009, 2012 and 2013) and second once (2010) in the last five years.

Colonial Forge qualified 10 wrestlers for this weekend's state championships at Oscar Smith High School, while FCHS will send six to the tournament.

FCHS senior Ryan Clingenpeel, who missed half of his junior year because of injuries sustained in a car accident, won the 126-pound regional championship with a 4-3 victory over Colonial Forge's Jeff Stone.

Clingenpeel will make his second state tournament appearance; he last qualified as a sophomore in 2011 in the 112-pound weigh class.

Clingenpeel is the fourth FCHS wrestler to win a regional championship since 2009.

Former standouts Hunter Adams, who won three consecutive regional crowns (2009, 2010, 2011), Taylor Horner (2011) and Mason Maples (2012) are the others.

At 160 pounds, Justin Altice dropped an 8-2 decision to Sean Raftery of Orange. Altice, a junior, is a two-time regional runner-up and three-time state qualifier.

Also earning state berths for FCHS are Isaiah Foster (120) and Alveno Matthews (220), both of whom placed third, and Drew Holden (113) and Jonathan Altice (182), both of whom placed fourth.

Altice qualified for the state tournament last year, while Foster, Matthews and Holden are first-time qualifiers.

Jared Mills (132), Jarred Brown (145) and Derick Kromer (170) each placed sixth in his weight class.

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