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Westfield Wrestlers Begin Postseason With District Title

Five Bulldogs win individual titles at Concorde Championships.

The Westfield High wrestling team captured first place at last weekend's Concorde District Championships, held Feb.4-5 at Centreville High School.

The champion Bulldogs won with 225.5 points, edging a strong second place Robinson squad (219). Taking third place was Chantilly High (119), which finished ahead of fourth place Oakton (94), fifth place Centreville (67) and sixth place Herndon (22).

Westfield individual champions at districts were Tyler DeLeon (heavyweight), Jacob DeLeon (215), Harry Van Trees (152), Beau Donahue (140), and Brett Campbell (112).

Tyler DeLeon, the No. 1-seed going into the tournament, defeated Robinson's Jake Pinkson, 5-3, in the heavyweight finals. At the 215 finals, meanwhile, Jacob DeLeon, also a top seed, earned a finals round pin win over Centreville High's Joey Steinback.

Van Trees, in the 152 division, reached the finals as the No. 2 seed. There, he was an 8-4 winner over Chantilly top seed Ricky Lopez. At the 140 finals, Donahue, the No. 1-seed, defeated No. 2-seed Shon Topper of Robinson, 13-3. And, at 112 weight class, Campbell, the top seed, was a title match winner by technical fall over Oakton's Eddie Gerow, the No. 2-seed.

Westfield's Brian Bentz, the No. 2 seed at 189 division, made it to the finals with a semifinals round win over Centreville's David Chenevey. In the title match, Bentz fell to Oakton top seed Austin Murga.

Another second place finisher for Westfield was No. 3-seed Nick Lehman (145), who reached the finals before being edged by top seed Zak DePasquale of Robinson, 7-6. Lehman was a 7-1 semifinals winner over Chantilly No. 2-seed Sam Cronin.

Westfield's Frank Aiello finished second place at 135 weight class as the No. 2 seed. He was a semifinals pin winner over Chantilly's Walter Carlson before falling in the title match to Robinson top seed Brooks Martino.

Other second place finishes from Westfield wrestlers came from Stephen Aiello (130), Dennon Carranza-Kee (119), and David Aiello (103).

Stephen Aiello, as the No. 3-seed at 130, earned a hard-fought, 3-0, semifinals round win over Chantilly's Wes Litton before losing, 7-3, to top seed Santiago Valdez of Robinson in the finals. Carranza-Kee, the top seed at 119, was a semifinals pin winner over Herndon's Ramon Reyes before losing his finals match to No. 2-seed Jake Smith of Robinson, 6-0. David Aiello, the No. 2-seed at 103, pinned Oakton's Alex Schlegel in a semifinals match, then lost an 8-3 decision in the finals to Robinson top seed Lucas Sodergren.

Other top four place finishers for Westfield were fourth place Jacob Millson (171 division), third place Tyler Morson (160), and third place Derek Arnold (125).

CHANTILLY HIGH'S Bernabe Mejia captured the 171 weight class championship. The top seed, Mejia, following a round one bye, won his semifinals round match over Centreville's John Horoho, the No. 4 seed, to reach the finals. In the championship match, Mejia was a 6-3 winner over Robinson No. 2-seed Tim Fitzpatrick.

Second place finishes for Chantilly came from Ricky Lopez, the top seed who fell to Westfield's Van Trees in the 152 finals; and Ryland Arnold, a No. 2-seed at 125 who fell to Robinson's Jack Bass in the title match.

Other top four place finishers for Chantilly were: fourth place Ian Schircliff (heavyweight); third place place Sam Little (215); fourth place Joe Scholnick (160); third place Sam Cronin (145); fourth place Krish Perumbala (140); third place Walter Carlson (135); third place Wes Litton (130); and fourth place Kyle Smith (119).

CENTREVILLE HIGH had two wrestlers reach the finals - Joey Steinback at 215 and Ryan Sepulveda at 160.

Sepulveda, the No. 3-seed, defeated Westfield No. 2-seed Tyler Morson, 3-2, in a semifinals match to reach the finals, where he lost to Robinson's Wes Jones, 8-2. Centreville's Steinback, at the 215 finals, fell to Westfield top seed Jacob DeLeon. Steinbeck had beaten Oakton's Spencer Conely, 3-1, to reach the title match.

Centreville third place finishers were: No. 4-seed Andrew Burgess (heavyweight), who defeated Chantilly's Schircliff in the match for third place; David Chenevey (189), who defeated Robinson's John Buono in overtime to earn third place; and John Horoho (171), a No. 4-seed who won his third place match over Westfield's Jacob Millson. Finishing fourth place for Centreville was Jerry Cowman at 125.

The Northern Region Championships will take place this Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 10-12) at Fairfax High School.