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Mason Wrestlers Split at 1st Home Meet of the Year

wrestlinglarcamp046When he saw the snow coming down last Saturday morning George Mason High School wrestling coach Bryan Harris flashed back to last season when record breaking snow caused the cancellation of three meets, including the Bull Run District tournament and couldn’t hold back the sinking feeling of déjà vu.
But as quickly as it had begun, the snow stopped and the Mustang’s first home meet of the year went on as scheduled.

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Mason senior Mike Larcamp (top) finished 4-0 during the Mustang’s first home meet last weekend. (Photo: John Pitas)

When he saw the snow coming down last Saturday morning George Mason High School wrestling coach Bryan Harris flashed back to last season when record breaking snow caused the cancellation of three meets, including the Bull Run District tournament and couldn’t hold back the sinking feeling of déjà vu.
But as quickly as it had begun, the snow stopped and the Mustang’s first home meet of the year went on as scheduled.

Mason wrestled four dual matches over the course of the day at the Pit and came away with a 2-2 split. They defeated a Fauquier team 57-12 and Potomac School 46-17 while dropping contests to Kettle Run, 50-30, and West Potomac, 31 -30. The Mustangs, who have not been too successful in dual meets this year almost ended at 3-1 but could not overcome the deficit created by three forfeits in their match against West Potomac.

What had been a seesaw battle came down to the final bout with the Mustangs trailing by five points. Freshman Grant Hagler was able to secure the major victory worth four points but could not gain the additional bonus points needed to tie or win the meet. An interesting side note found Mason coaches Harris and Pitas pitted against former Mustang standout Mike Cummings who is now on the West Potomac coaching staff.

The Mustangs were led throughout the day by Mikey Larcamp (HWT), Jackson Thomas (130), and Ze’ev Lailari (140) who were all perfect at 4-0.

Danny Seidita (119) and Grant Hagler (145) finished the day 3-1. The five wrestlers are beginning to form the core of the Mason squad and are starting to stand out as the season progresses. Coach Harris also had some encouraging news in the form of newcomer Danny Nash filling the 189 lb. spot and the performances of eigth grader Henderson Beam and freshman Joe Warren who excelled in exhibition matches wrestled after the main events.

“Danny was obviously not in condition for intense competition” said Harris referring to Nash’s struggles on his first day, “but he showed tremendous athleticism and we know he will soon be in the win column. As for Henderson and Joe, neither one looked like someone who has been wrestling only six weeks. They were outstanding. (JV) coach John Pitas and I are blown away by their progress so far this season.”

There was some sobering news however at the end of the day when Harris received word that starters Alborz Alaeddini (135) and Keiyon Tyler (171) would be sidelined indefinitely with injuries. Alaeddini who has been slow to get into the starting lineup suffered another setback when he severely strained his rotator cuff. Tyler was diagnosed with an MCL injury. Neither will wrestle in the Mustang’s upcoming dual tournament at Spalding High School and both will be re-evaluated on January 17 to determine when they can rejoin the team. They now join starter Ben Tourkin (125) who is out with strained ribs.

“The news about Alborz and Keiyon is very bad since they both have been doing well and were just rounding into condition. We have great hopes for them and Ben in the post season. Hopefully they all will bounce back from this soon.

This weekend the Mustangs travel to Spalding High in Maryland for a two day dual tournament.

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