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Kettle Run wrestling has an unexpected foundation of youth

Friday, Dec. 13 | By Fred Hodge
Cameron O'Connor is one of Kettle Run's four returning lettermen in wrestling. --Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
Kettle Run wrestling coach Mike Foy doesn't believe his Cougars resemble the team they will become by February, when postseason action begins.

"It's going to be a learning process this year," Foy said earlier this week after watching his youthful group absorb some lumps Saturday at the Cyclone Duals.

The Class 3A Cougars went 0-5 against two 6A schools, two 5A teams and 4A Eastern View.

"We definitely were outmatched a little bit," Foy said, noting that freshmen compose the majority of Kettle Run's squad.

The Cougars are coming off the best season in the young school's history, but an injury here and there, and some defections, left numerous holes. Foy said he hadn't anticipated the youthfulness.

The Cougars' 106-pound spot is open temporarily due to an injury, and their returning 126-pounder was lost for the season due to a serious knee injury.

"Then four others decided not to return," Foy said. "They just did not want to wrestle any more.

"I lined up a tough schedule not knowing we were going to have all these freshmen," he said.

The Cougars have only four varsity lettermen in Cameron O'Connor (132 pounds), Colson Jaynes (160), Adam Bresson (195) and Jacob Schwind.

Bresson won the 195-pound title of the Cyclone Duals at Eastern View on Saturday. He went 5-0, while O'Connor went 4-1 and placed second. O'Connor's lone loss came against Eastern View's defending state champion.

"I was very proud of them," said Foy, who expects some individual successes this winter.

As a team, he wants to make lemonade out of lemons. Instead of fretting over the prevalent inexperience, Foy wants to utilize every opportunity to promote team growth.

"Sometimes you have to break down and rebuild," he said. "Some of my young ones are really going to pick it up. … They'll make their mark."
Of the Cyclone Duals, he said, "They fought their butts off. … They did not like losing. It wasn't OK with them.

"Those kids have come a long way in a short time," he said.

Kettle Run will wrestle at home Wednesday, hosting a quadrangular meet at 6 p.m. The Cougars will face Musselmann (W. Va.) first before meeting Manassas Park and Brentsville.

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