Senior Gavin Tingen (160 lb) and sophomore Jeffrey Sisk (113 lb) ended their wrestling season in impressive fashion this past weekend, with both wrestlers taking third place in their respective weight classes at the Virginia 4A State Wrestling Championship at the Salem Civic Center. Their performances bring an end to one of the most successful wrestling seasons in school memory.
“It was a pretty cool experience. I expected to do good,” Sisk said.
“It was a great way to end the season,” added Tingen.
Sixteen wrestlers per weight class faced off in the tournament, and both Sisk and Tingen followed a similar pattern. Both won their first match, lost their second, and then redeemed themselves by winning their final two matches to finish with identical 3-1 records. Both wrestlers were also consistent in outdoing their own individual performances from last year. Sisk just missed qualifying for states in 2013, while Tingen went 1-2 in the tournament last year.
“They did really well,” head coach Dean Hall said. “I didn’t expect anything less.”
Both Sisk and Tingen’s sole losses came to the eventual state champion of their weight class. Sisk lost to Danny Ariola of Fauquier 7-2, while Tingen fell to Hunter Day of Loudon County.
Sisk and Tingen shone in their victories. Sisk beat James Boone of Nanesmond River twice, 5-2 and 7-2, and Xane Austin of Jamestown 6-4. Both Austin and Boone were ranked in the top six of the 4A class by WrestleVirginia.com. Tingen was even more straightforward in his victories, taking all of his three wins on pins.
Despite their difference in size and age, Tingen and Sisk were instrumental leaders for Louisa this season. According to Hall, both fighters harbor a similar mentality – Sisk and Tingen are reserved and focused before wrestling – traits that the coach believed were definitely noticed by their teammates. And being at different points of their career – Tingen is set to graduate while Sisk is busy anticipating the team’s summer workouts – their teammates were also able to see the sustained success that Louisa’s wrestling can offer.
To read the entire story, see the Feb. 27 edition of The Central Virginian.