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A.J., Johnson, Ginn tops for Ads at FHS Duals
Farinella duo top 5 in state

Between the 119-pound class and 171-pound class, the Farragut High School Wrestling team held its own during the annual Farragut Duals among a six-team field that included teams from North Carolina and Kentucky.

But with no wrestlers in the lightest and heaviest classes — 103, 112, 215 and 285 — the Admirals sunk to a fifth-place finish during the Saturday, Dec. 8, competition in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Wayne County (Ky.) finished first, followed by William Blount, Robbinsville (N.C.), North Henderson (N.C.), FHS and Sequoyah, which brought only three wrestlers.

As expected, senior A.J. Farinella (145), a three-time Division I state qualifier, led the Admiral charge by going 5-0 (three pins plus victories of 17-5 and 8-2).

Currently ranked fourth in the state at 140, his eventual weight class, Farinella said he’s improved by wrestling “a lot over the summer. … two college camps.”

Farinella also praised teammate and practice partner Lawton Johnson, who in the 152-class Saturday went 4-1, including one forfeit. “I couldn’t ask for a better practice partner … we go 110 [percent] every day.”

First-year FHS head coach Tim Brunson said Farinella “wrestled extremely well today. And we’ve got some other tough kids who wrestled well.”

Farragut’s Clayton Ginn (135) also went 4-1 (winning one by forfeit), while Greg Grieco (171) and Ethan Farinella (119) finished 3-2 (also winning one each by forfeit).

About Ethan Farinella, Brunson said he’ll eventually drop to the 112-pound class “and be ranked highly at state. He’s currently ranked fifth [at 112].”

Despite the team’s fifth-place finish, Brunson said, “The kids get some good out-of-state work … that’s what we want to see week-in and week-out so that they get better every single week, so that by the time we get to state we’re ready to go.”

Excluding the Sequoyah match, Farragut is 0-8 in dual matches entering this week. “Giving up those four weight classes has hurt us,” Brunson said.

Josh Zink (140) won one match plus a forfeit Saturday, while Luke Skeirik, a freshman wrestling well above his weight in the 189-class, won 14-12 in OT versus Sequoyah.

Other Ads looking to contribute include Kevin Mann (125), Kevin Gaylor (130), Jonathan Moskal and Conner Johnson (160) and Kaleb McDonald (189).


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