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Still working into wrestling shape, Reveiz close versus Morgan at KCHS
State-ranked FHS senior second to defending state champ at annual tourney; Farinella third


With only two weeks to prepare, Shane Reveiz faced a humongous wrestling challenge Saturday night, Dec. 2, in the 215-pound class.

Frankie Morgan of Union County, defending Division I state champion at 189 who's moved up in weight as a senior, beat Farragut's Reveiz, ranked fourth in the state at 215, by a 3-1 count during the 2006 Catholic Invitational Wrestling Tournament finals among a 26-team field — including three from Georgia and three from Middle Tennessee.


“He's only been out for two weeks, I guess, so conditioning's a factor,” FHS head coach Jason Moorman said of Reveiz, whose record stood at 5-1 entering the week. Morgan, on the other hand, improved to 15-0. “I think he did a great job against a state champion like Frankie, and Frankie's a tough wrestler.

"Shane's been working hard, and we've going to see [Morgan] at least two more times,” Moorman added. “Shane's gonna do it, I'm confident.”

Junior A.J. Farinella, ranked fifth statewide in the 140-pound class and a two-time state qualifier, finished third at Catholic. “A.J. wrestled a heck of a tournament. He beat a returning state placer for third [Ryan Burdette of Notre Dame, 3-1],” Moorman said.

Farinella, whose last-second maneuvering in the final period earned two points to beat Burdette, said he was “very excited about it, this is my first year actually placing at this tournament.” Farinella was 4-1 at the tourney.

While Farragut finished eighth as a team, several less experienced Admirals impressed Moorman.

“These kids came in here, and it seemed like everything we'd been working on clicked,” the coach said. “I'm very proud of ’em. We had several guys that were two-and-two.

“Alan Cameron, a first-year wrestler, comes in here and lost his match in the first round then he won four straight to get into the medal rounds,” Moorman added about Cameron's fifth-place finish at 152.

Farragut freshman Ethan Farinella (103) was sixth, while Clayton Ginn (130), Lawton Johnson (145) and Phillip Poplawski (189) each won two matches.

With dual match wins against West (42-30) and Central (59-19) Nov. 30, the Admirals were 2-0 on the season entering the week.

OTHER WEST SIDE SCHOOLS

Catholic finished 12th as a team led by Daniel Shurina's fourth-place finish, bringing his overall season record to 7-3 entering the week.

“I did a lot better than the past couple of years ... half the battle's in your mind,” Shurina said.

Jared Julies (112) and Matt Lettre (189) each finished sixth, while Tyler Wright (152) and Blaise DeCotes (140) each won two matches for the Irish.

Webb School was 14th, as Patrick Baird's third-place showing at 160 (5-1 record in the tourney) led the way.

“I'm pretty happy, I placed fifth last year,” said Baird, adding that despite being disappointed by not making the finals, “It's a good start to the season.”

Spencer Arnett (130) and Tré Waters (103) each claimed fourth-place for the Spartans.

Bearden's 18th-place finish was paced by Nathan Bevelhimer (160), who went 4-2 and took fourth. Freshman Jacob Coffin (130) was fifth after winning five matches, while Andrew Birdwell was sixth at 135 after winning four matches.

Though saying he was “aiming for third or fourth,” Coffin said he was “happy” with fifth. “My goal is to win K-I-L this year, the next year and the [year after].”

Bulldogs Ian Little (112) and D.J. Pleasant (152) each won two matches.

 

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