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Close matches break both ways for FHS during Farragut Duals tourney

Missing it's most highly-ranked wrestler for the final four matches, the Farragut Admirals didn't make much hay by coming close during the annual Farragut Duals tournament at FHS.

With four of its five matches decided by 10 points or less, the Admirals had to settle for sixth-place among a seven team field in the two-day tourney, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9.

"We didn't have Shane [Reveiz] all day, and we lost some tight matches," FHS head coach Jason Moorman said.

Reveiz, ranked among the state's top-five Division I wrestlers in the 215-pound class, wrestled and won Friday in a 33-29 Farragut win versus North Henderson, N.C.

But Reveiz was missing Saturday due to attending a football awards ceremony, and the Admirals won just one of four matches.

That win, 45-36 against Warren County, was followed by a loss to Walker Valley, 43-30, and a 42-33 setback in match No. 2 against North Henderson. The fifth-place match was a 36-29 loss to Jefferson County that was decided in the final individual match.

However, "It was a good day, the competition was all pretty equal," Moorman said. "[Our] fundamentals are starting to come together. ... I'm proud of 'em all."

Individually, the brightest lights for FHS shined from the Farinella clan.

Junior A.J. Farinella, ranked sixth in the state in the 140-class, went unbeaten (5-0) to improve his season record to 10-1 entering the week.

The other unbeaten Admirals was A.J.'s younger brother, freshman Ethan (103 and at 112), also finishing 5-0. Two of the younger Farinell's pins were at 112. As for going up in weight, "It's kinda annoying sometimes, but it's fine," Ethan said.

Other Admirals winning at least three matches were Allan Cameron (4-1 at 152), Clayton Ginn (3-2 at 130), Lawton Johnson (3-2 at 145), Spencer Grieco (3-2 at 160) and Phillip Poplawski (3-2 wrestling at both 189 and 215).

Ginn, a sophomore, said, "I think I'm improving. ... I think I need to work more on bottom more than anything else, and just work on neutral position, finishing my shots."


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