A month into the regular season and George Mason High School’s wrestling squad is off to its best start in years thanks to strong senior leadership and contributions by a number of new faces to the team.
After the first four meets the team has earned six victories, just three shy of the most team victories the Mustangs have had in a full season in the last decade. In addition to the group success there are a number of Mason grapplers who have jumped out to exceptional starts this season.
Senior captains Hunter Sulc, Jack Dana and Matthew Mineo have a combined record of 40 wins to only 11 losses. Sulc, having set the school’s single season win record last year with 45, is on pace to reset the record again.
The strong first month culminated on Monday, Dec. 28 at the annual George Mason Holiday Classic wrestling tournament where the team finished in fourth with 113 points on the day.
The top individual performances were turned in by Sulc at 182 pounds, who spent a grand total of 1:48 on the mat and his younger sister Sierra Sulc at 113 pounds. The brother-sister tandem both brought home individual championships from the tournament.
Finishing with runner-up medals in the 132 and 195 pound weight classes were Matt Mineo and Jack Dana respectively and the pleasant surprise on the day for the team was freshman first year wrestler Bryan Villegas finishing 2-2 and earning a third place medal.
The Mustangs next compete on Saturday, Jan. 2 at West Potomac High School and will begin conference competition next Wednesday, Jan. 6 at Strasburg High School.