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     Smithfield, Poquoson become first BRD teams to square off in Duals finals

The 37th Virginia Duals continued on Saturday at Hampton Coliseum with a major surprise for Bay Rivers wrestling fans as two teams — Smithfield and Poquoson —qualified for Saturday evening's final in the Black and Blue Division.

With wins in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon, the Packers and Islanders earned a berth in Saturday night's final. It is the first time in Duals history that two Bay Rivers teams have competed for a title against each other, and it marks Smithfield's first trip to the championship round in nine appearances. Smithfield came from behind to defeat Amherst County 44-32, while the Islanders topped long-time rival Grundy 39-27.

"We're both a little banged-up," said Poquoson coach Eric Decker, and the point was reinforced with the number of forfeits by both teams as they progressed through the brackets.

With regard to the district opponent, Decker said "We know each other really well."

Decker added wrestlers from both teams share a bond as members of the Peninsula Wrestling Association, which he coaches with assistance from Smithfield coach John Swartz.

"I coach a lot of guys on their team for seven months a year," Decker said.
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   Daily Press      Saturday - January 14, 2017

     Henesey, Fiscella, Poquoson aiming for title at Virginia Duals

Pooquoson High's wrestling program has been best known for its tournament excellence in recent years. The Islanders have been a fixture in the top three or four of state tournaments and netted five individual state tournament gold medals from Ross Graham and Patrick McCormick.

The quality in the program is high enough that a 10th state title is a realistic goal with the move to Group 2A next year. There's plenty of depth in the program as well, and that has the Islanders aiming for a more immediate goal: A title this weekend in the Black & Blue Division of the Virginia Duals at the Hampton Coliseum.

The Islanders depth is evident not only in the work ethic McCormick shows in the wrestling room adjacent to the Poquoson Middle School football field, but in the competition there. One of the best daily battles in the room is between 195-pound 3A state runner-up Robert Henesey and Mason Fiscella (17-0 record), a 182-pounder who placed fourth in the 1A state tournament last year for Mathews.

"Robert's a great wrestling partner," Fiscella said of fellow junior Henesey. "We go at it with each other and it gets pretty physical.

"He's definitely the better wrestler because he understands technique more, but we have a go at each other."

Islanders coach Eric Decker agrees that Henesey is better, but not a lot better.

"The gap is closing and it's fun to watch them," Decker said. "Mason is a freakish talent and he learns real fast.
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   Daily Press      Thursday - January 12, 2017

     Steady disposition, work ethic key to McCormick's two individual state titles

Patrick McCormick remembers riding up and down the East Coast to wrestling tournaments as a kid, sometimes “getting my butt kicked.”

The lesson that stuck the most on those drives with his dad is interesting, considering that McCormick carries a 4.0 grade-point average.

“He taught me short-term memory,” said McCormick, whose father, Mike McCormick, won three individual state wrestling titles for Poquoson High in the mid-1980s. “He’d say if you lose, you get five minutes to pout or be mad about it, then you get ready for the next match.”

It’s a lesson McCormick rarely has had to apply during his two-plus seasons at Poquoson High. McCormick, a junior, has a 109-6 record for the Islanders and won individual state championships as a freshman at 106 pounds and as a sophomore at 113.

Nevertheless, that roll-with-the-punches attitude has proved crucial for McCormick, who leads Poquoson into its first-round match against Strasburg in the 37th annual Virginia Duals at 5 p.m. Friday at the Hampton Coliseum.

McCormick’s success inevitably drew the attention of numerous college coaches, but there was never any doubt in his mind where he wanted to go. In December, McCormick committed to a partial scholarship to the University of Virginia, where his father wrestled for a couple of seasons before injuries ended his career.
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   Daily Press      Thursday - January 12, 2017

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