On Saturday, Jan. 2 George Maon High School’s wrestling team traveled around the beltway to West Potomac High School to compete in the annual “Rumble In The Jungle” tournament, an individual, round robin competition. Of the 11 wrestlers that Mason entered, seven finished in the top four of their pool.
Freshman Sierra Sulc followed up her Holiday Classic Tournament championship with a 3-2 day to finish fourth behind some tough competition. Also finishing at 3-2 and fourth place was senior captain Matt Mineo.
Sophomore Hunter Plaks and senior Jack Dana also finished with three wins and two losses but finished the tournament with third place medals. Dana, having returned to Mason from Hawaii for his senior year, has already earned 17 wins this season and lost only five times and Plaks, despite being out for three weeks with an injury, has reached ten wins in his second season with the team.
The Mustangs’ two highest finishers this week were freshman Bryan Villegas and senior Hunter Sulc. Villegas recorded four wins, three of which were pins to leave with a first place medal while Sulc also added another gold medal to his collection, going 5-0 on the day with four first period pins.
In addition to winning the tournament Hunter achieved another milestone in his career. Despite missing his entire sophomore season due to a football related injury, Sulc became just the fourth Mason wrestler to reach the 100-win mark in his career.
He joins Mason alumni Nick Pitas (123 wins), Danny Seidita (115 wins) and Joey Cohe (112 wins) in the 100-win club. And with half a season still ahead of him he could easily eclipse the current Mason record of 123 career victories.
The team competed at Strasburg High School on Wednesday, Jan. 6 in their first district competition, but results were not available at press time. The team will travel to Richmond on Saturday for a tournament at Armstrong High School.