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Inexperience abounds as Reveiz, Farinella to lead FHS wrestling

Despite having a pair of wrestlers ranked among the top five in Tennessee, Farragut High School wrestling dominance in Knox County may be in serious jeopardy this season.

Of the team’s 17 members, “I’d say twelve of ’em have never wrestled or don’t really have much experience,” said Jason Moorman, first-year FHS head coach, as the 2006-07 Admirals will be led by a pair of two-time state qualifiers. “Definitely a rebuilding year.”

Senior Shane Reveiz, ranked fifth statewide in Division 1 (public schools) in the 215-pound class, joins junior A.J. Farinella, ranked fifth statewide in the 140 class, to lead the Admiral grapplers.

Having talked at length with Reveiz about his goals, “There’s no hiding what our goal is, to be a state champion,” Moorman said. “We’re going to do whatever we can do to get that ... He’s definitely shown some leadership ability.”

Reveiz did not participate in the Smoky Mountain Clash at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City Saturday, Nov. 25, as he attempts to get in wrestling shape after completing football season Nov. 17.

Despite the team’s inexperience and absence of Reveiz, the Admirals placed four wrestlers among the top four in their weight class at C-N in a field of about 100 that included schools from Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee Division II (private school) power Chattanooga Baylor.

Farinella finished second, while his younger brother, freshman Ethan Farinella (112 class), placed third.

“A-J beat an Alabama state champion, and lost to a nationally ranked kid from Baylor, Ben Johnson, eleven-to-four,” Moorman said. “It was a pretty tough tournament. ... The numbers weren’t huge this year, but the competition was really, really high.”

Alan Cameron finished fourth in the 152 class, as did Grant Blevins at 135.

Moorman described his team’s improvement as “pretty dramatic” since first taking to the mat earlier this fall, adding, “they work their tails off until it’s time to leave.”


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