Bees pin down 37th Seminole wrestling championship
By Chris Lang
Lynchburg News & Advance
Sunday, February 18, 2007

Brookville wrestling coach Don Shuler challenged his team to get tougher after his Bees lost handily to Grundy in the championship match a month ago at the Coca-Cola Classic.

The message apparently got through. Eleven Bees advanced to Seminole District championship matches Saturday, and five won as the host school captured its 37th straight district championship, outpointing Staunton River 257-212.

"Eleven wrestlers in the finals, yeah, I'd say that's tough," Shuler said.

Zeb Stewart (112), Adam Broda (130), Nathan Shuler (152) Eric Laughlin (171) and Ryan Jackson (285) won individual titles.

Broda beat Staunton River's Daniel McGee by technical fall, improved to 30-0 and earned district wrestler of the year honors.

Even so, Don Shuler was most impressed with Stewart's win in the 112 match, a 5-0 decision of Amherst senior Josh Hartless, who was 30-3 and won a Seminole title last year.

Stewart, a freshman, led 2-0 going into the third period and used a late escape to seal the victory.

"Josh Hartless is a really good wrestler, and the last time (Stewart) wrestled him, (Hartless) just caught him," Shuler said. "We learned from that. We were a little more careful of what we were doing. He just did a nice job the whole time."

Staunton River had four individual champions: Travis Claytor (103), Will Epperly (119), Jeremy Tyree (125) and Nick Roselund (160).

"We're coming, but we're not there yet," said first-year Staunton River coach Randall Sell, who was named the district coach of the year. "We haven't gotten over that hump of exceeding our expectations. We're right where we thought we would be."

Roselund improved to 34-2 by pinning Amherst's Sean Clark in 37 seconds. Roselund wasn't surprised by the overpowering nature of his victory. Clark was wrestling up 20 pounds, but still beat Brookville's Tommy Cashman 5-3 in the semifinals to earn a spot in the finals.

Jefferson Forest nabbed three titles. Brandon Beemer avenged a loss last year to Brookville's Garrett Waterman by pinning him in 1:23.

"I really don't like Brookville at all," Beemer said. "Their crowd, when they're all happy, that just gets me riled up."

One of his practice partners, 189-pounder Chris Bowyer, overpowered Amherst's Kendal Ghee, pinning him in 1:30.

At 135, JF's Yale Burch attacked when Liberty's Brad Hoback missed on his shot at the end of the second period, turning it into two points of his own in a 9-6 victory.

Liberty's Ryan Reynolds, who lost to Broda in both the Seminole and Region III finals last season at 125, pinned Brookville's Ronnie Guthrie in 3:09 to claim the 140 title.

"I just caught him," said Reynolds, who is now 41-1. "He was trying to switch and fell to his butt. I just went in."

At 145, Amherst's Paul Jamison pinned Brookville's Michael Hudson in 4:17 in day's most exciting match.

Hudson led 5-4 after one and the match was tied 6-6 going into the third. Jamison scored an early third period takedown to take an 8-6 lead before overpowering Hudson for the pin.

The top five placers in each weight class advanced to next week's Region III championships at Lord Botetourt.