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The Stonewall Jackson varsity wrestling team held its second home meet of the season this past weekend and placed seven members of the team in the top three.
SJ wrestlers take 4th out of 12 at home meet
© Gainesville TimesThe Stonewall Jackson varsity wrestling team held its second home meet of the season this past weekend and placed seven members of the team in the top three.
As a whole, the Raiders ended up 3-2 overall in five dual meets on Saturday in Manassas, earning fourth place out of the 12 teams competing.
Stonewall opened with a 40-33 loss against Potomac before bouncing back with a 45-33 victory against the Beatlon-based Group AA squad Liberty.
South County, a team from Lorton in Fairfax County, edged out the Raiders by a 39-34 score during the middle match.
However, Stonewall managed to rebound for its final two matches, putting together overwhelming victory.
The home team sounded defeated Gar-Field 51-17 and upped the ante even more with a 60-point win against Freedom (South Riding), winning by a margin of 72-12.
Leading the way for the Raiders, senior Brian Belcher, who placed fifth in the Northwestern regional tournament last season, earned runner-up status in the 120-pound weight class.
Two of his teammates also brought home the silver: team captain and 152-pound Jon Keaton and 195-pound freshman Bruce Chapman.
Four Raiders meanwhile captured bronze showings.
Freshman Zak Holzapfel took third for the 106-pound weight class as did captain Zach Clater (113 pounds) and seniors AJ Amarkel (145) and Reuben Osei (160).
Stonewall's meet came one week after the team posted a 2-3 showing at the Eastern View Duals, which put the team in third out of 12 schools.
At the Raiders' first home meet on Dec. 1, Stonewall came in fourth place with 126 points out of 10 schools.
Next up on the calendar, SJHS heads to Fairfax County for the Warhawk Duals this Saturday, Dec. 22.
After two other winter meets on opposite sides of the New Year, the Raiders' district schedule begins on Jan. 12 with a bout at Freedom High School in South Riding.
Afterward, the team takes on Broad Run (Jan. 9), Osbourn (Jan. 16) and Battlefield (Jan. 25) in consecutive meets before traveling to Henrico on Jan. 26.