Group A private schoolsMathews: The Blue Devils are chasing Washington & Lee and Lancaster in Region A. They return Tyler Mattox, who finished eighth at 125 pounds in last season's Group A state meet. He's at 130 this season and is joined by Jonathan Morse at 160, Shawn Shultheiss (189) and Garrett Fosdyck (285) as the team's leaders.
Middlesex: Alex Pratt, Craig Conley, Cameron Wines and Chris Mason are the top wrestlers.
Peninsula Catholic: The Knights finished fifth in the Tidewater Conference last year and hope to improve behind seven seniors in the last seven weight classes, starting at 145 pounds. Thomas Jorgenson (152) and Charles Jorgenson (160) will be keys. Thomas was TCIS champ at 145 and Charles was second at 160.
Note: King William did not provide information.
Group A private schools
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GROUP A SCHOOLS
MATHEWS Coach: Tom Holaday (28th year) Returning players: Tyler Mattox (130, Sr.), Jonathan Morse (160, Jr.), Shawn Shultheiss (189, Jr.), Garrett Fosdyck (285, Jr.). Others (newcomers): None listed Outlook: Our goal is to win the Region A Tournament.
MIDDLESEX Coach: Lee Anderson (6 years, 4 as head coach, 20-37) Returning players: Alex Pratt, Craig Conley, Cameron Wines, Chris Mason. Others (newcomers): none listed Outlook: We should be all right.
PENINSULA CATHOLIC Coach: Chris Karhan Returning players: Top returning players: Dylan Davis 112lbs Sopn., Brian Batista 119lbs Jr., Jorge Parra 135lbs Jr., Matt Dudek 140lbs Sr., Thomas Jorgensen 152lb Sr., Carles Jrgenson 160lbs Sr., Chan Moon 171/189lbs Sr., Nick Triska, 171/189lbs Sr., Vince Harrington 215lbs Sr., Sam Reynolds, 295, Sr. Others (newcomers): Andrew Goodman 119/125lbs Soph., Nick Smoot 145/152 lbs, Fresh. Outlook: The Jorgenson twins are heading up a team of 7 seniors in the last 7 weight classes. With last year's seniors graduating from the other schools, the Knights' wrestling team will make a big impact on the TCIS. Dylan Davis, Jorge Parra and Chan Moon wrestled freestyle last summer with great success.