The Farragut wrestling team continues to build upon its greatness. This time, the BlueJackets had four wrestlers qualify for the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) State Finals for the first time in school history.
Noah Farrelly ‘16 led the way by winning in the 126-pound division at the FHSAA 1A-Region 3 tournament, held at Evangelical Christian High in Ft. Myers this past weekend. Jack Lescarbeau ‘16 (138 pounds) and Trayvon Taylor ‘16 (152) each took second place in their respective weight classes while Ashton Taylor ‘17 finished in fourth place in the heavyweight division.
The state tournament will begin on Friday, March 4 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee with the qualifying matches and continue on Saturday with the finals.
“It’s impressive for us as a team and for each of these wrestlers on an individual basis,” Farragut wrestling coach Ron Timpanaro said. “None of them had reached the state finals last year so to have four wrestlers make it there for the first time shows the type of work they put in as a group to help each other out. For Noah, who finished fourth at last year’s district tournament, it’s a testament to his desire to improve upon the disappointing end to his season last year. For Trayvon, he went up against the number one ranked wrestler in the state in his weight class so it was pretty impressive he was able to battle him throughout his match. For Ashton, who is still learning how to wrestle, he’s shown marked improvement this year and is beginning to establish himself as one of the best in his weight class.”
Timpanaro mentioned second-year assistant Mike May as being instrumental in helping Jack make it through both the district and region tournament while dealing with a sprained ankle.
“Mikey was good at helping Jack change his technique a bit to take pressure off the ankle,” Timpanaro said. “Jack battled through a lot of pain and he almost was able to claim a region title because of the work he put in with Mikey.”
As a team, Farragut finished eighth out of 37 teams.