The Eastern View wrestling team was rewarded for its successful 2019-20 season with a trio of selections on the Free Lance-Star’s All-Area wrestling team, which was announced Thursday night.
Leading the way for the Cyclones was senior Drew Shurina, who captured the state title in the 160-pound weight class at last month’s Class 4 championships.
Shurina was joined on the FLS team by fellow seniors Johnny Laird and C.J. Taylor. Laird was the state runner-up in the 132-pound division, while Taylor earned the same distinction at 195.
Another Eastern View grappler, junior 113-pounder Aidan McCarton, received honorable mention.
Two Culpeper athletes garnered honorable mention: junior Bracken Hibbert and freshman A.J. Marshall.
Hibbert was the Class 4 state runner-up among 285-pounders, while Marshall finished fifth in the 152-pound class.
Brooke Point senior Bruno Alves was named wrestler of the year after going 24-1 and winning the Class 5 state championship at 120 pounds.
Riverbend’s Mark Roberts locked in coach of the year accolades after leading the Bears to a third-place finish at the Region 6B championships.
The full list of honorees follows.
WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
The Apprentice School-bound senior went 24–1 and captured Region 5D and Class 5 state titles at 120 pounds.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Despite key injuries and off-the-mat tragedy, he led the Bears to a runner-up finish in the Commonwealth District and a third-place showing in Region 6B.
The junior 138-pounder went 34–7, won the Region 5D title and placed third in Class 5 states.
FEMALE WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
The senior eclipsed 100 career victories and became the first female wrestler in the Fredericksburg area to win a district title.
The Cavaliers’ senior 145-pounder went 39–3 and finished runner-up at Class 4 states.
The senior 170-pounder went 30–5 and notched runner-up finishes in Region 5D and Class 5 tournaments.
The sophomore lost just one match all season, claiming Commonwealth District, Region 5D and Class 5 state titles at 126 pounds.
The senior 132-pounder posted a 35–3 record and finished runner-up at Class 4 states.
The sophomore transfer went 37–5 and won a Region 5D title at 113 pounds for the Black-Hawks.
The sophomore 106-pounder took third place at the Class 6 state tournament.
The senior went 39–8 in a tough 126-pound weight class and placed third at the Class 6 tournament.
The senior won his second straight Class 4 individual state title, posting a 32–2 record at 170 pounds.
The senior capped his decorated career with a pin in the 160-pound Class 4 state final.
The VMI-bound senior finished with a 43–5 record, placing third at the Class 5 state tournament at 220 pounds.
The senior 195-pounder posted a 34–8 record, coming within an ultimate tiebreaker of the Class 4 state title.
The freshman 106-pounder went 40–8, winning the Region 5D title and placing second at Class 5 states.
The American University-bound senior dominated 145-pound foes, going 49–1 and capturing district, region and state titles.
Dalton Arce, Mountain View
Assem Chew, Mountain View
T.J. Harris, Brooke Point
Ethan Heitchew, Mountain View
Bracken Hibbert, Culpeper
Brian Jackson, Massaponax
Chaz Keen, Eastern View
A.J. Marshall, Culpeper
Aidan McCarton, Eastern View
Paul Molina, Stafford
Remus Montalvo, Brooke Point
Mettres Murrill, King George
Tony Nguyen, North Stafford
Brendan Olszta, Brooke Point
Kyle Orris, Spotsylvania
Chris Poole, Caroline
Lennon Soaper, Riverbend
Nate Taylor, Riverbend
Noah Taylor, Riverbend
Gregory Upperman, Riverbend
C.J. VanBuren, North Stafford
Cole Waddy, Spotsylvania
Moses Wilson, Spotsylvania