Grappling Atom junior qualifies for state tournament

Junior Patrick Lee of 182 weight class heads to Robinson for the state tournament

Alex Burita, Sports Editor

After finding success during most invitationals and against district teams in their action packed season, AHS wrestling was ready to shift their focus to postseason.

Starting on Feb. 2, the team, yet again, hosted the four other teams from their district for the Gunston District Championship Tournament.

Like most other matches this season, AHS again both sought and found success as the team as a whole placed third out of the five teams with all twelve wrestlers qualifying for the Regional Tournament.

Highlights of the District Tournament include first place finishes by junior Dylan Weaver (170 weight class), junior Patrick Lee (182 weight class), and senior Kevin Reyes (285 weight class).

Then, the 12 wrestlers who advanced to regionals competed in the Regional Tournament at Fairfax High School just the week after.

At that meet, only two of those who competed qualified for the State Tournament, one of which was an alternate.

Lee qualified by placing high enough in the regional meet while Fowler went as an alternate.

At Regionals, Lee placed third and Fowler placed sixth in their respective brackets. The team placed 15th overall.

The state meet was held at Robinson on Feb. 15. However, results of the meet were not yet finalized and released by the publication date of this article.

“Whenever Lee wrestles at his best, he is a formidable opponent that will be hard to beat at states,” coach Damico said.

“I feel that we performed very well thus far in postseason. Everyone was wrestling their best; while it didn’t always translate to success for every wrestler, Damico said. “The pieces are in place for them to be successful next year at these tournaments.”

“It was definitely a plus that we ended up placing better at Regionals than we did at Districts,” Damico said.

Although less wrestlers qualified for States from AHS than what was expectd before regionals, the team has seen a lot of accomplishments this season and will have a lot to look forward to with their underclassmen returners next season.

“Sending anyone to States is a successful season,” Damico said, “This season it was a steady climb with improvement. There is still plenty of room to improve, but we had a young team and I feel a solid foundation has been built for the future seasons.”