Wrestling - Boys Varsity
2017-18 Varsity Wrestling Team
A WINNING TRADITION
WCAC Champions: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 2001, 2009
VIS State Champions: 1972, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1987, 2001
53 State Champion Titles
31 National All-American Honors
1 National Prep Champion
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HEAD COACH: Alex Vergara
Coach Vergara began his tenure with the O’Connell Knights as head coach in the 2016-2017 season. In his first year, Vergara and his coaching staff guided 2 individual wrestlers to finishing top-3 at conferences and top-4 at states, which earned them automatic bids to National Preps at Lehigh University.
Vergara has been mentored by various coaches throughout his competitive and coaching careers. Among the primary influences are Scott Racek of Edison HS, Roy Hill of Hayfield SS/ Gunston WC, and Jason Gabrielson of Southern Maryland WC.
In addition to having coached at various high school programs, Vergara founded the Knights Wrestling Academy. It is a USA Wrestling chartered program that offers training opportunities in amateur wrestling to the DC Metro Area. Leading up to this, he dedicated his time as a volunteer assistant with Gunston Wrestling Club from 2010-2017.
His competitive career entailed stints at Longwood University and Bishop Ireton HS. While competing for the now-defunct LU Lancers, he finished in 3rd, 5th, and 5th in the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships at 133 pounds. He completed his career as a 3x NCWA National qualifier- a school best. While at Bishop Ireton, he was a two-time varsity starter with accolades that included two 3rd place finishes in the WCAC and a 6th place finish at VIS States.
Bishop O’Connell High School
Head Coach (2016-Present)
·Dual Record: 3-10
·2 Top-3 Conference Medalists
·2 Top-4 State Medalists
·2 National Prep Qualifiers
Thomas A. Edison High School
Assistant Coach (2012-2016)
·Dual Record: *Data being collected
·2 Conference Championship Titles
·12 Conference Champions
·4 Regional Champions
·5 Top-3 State Medalists
·2 State Champions
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School
Assistant Coach (January 2011-2012)
·Dual Record: 20-3
·VISAA States: 6th Place Team Finish (2011-2012)
·2 Conference Champions
·9 Top-6 State Medalists
·6 National Prep Qualifier
Associate Head Coach: Jonathon O'Brien
Coach O’Brien comes to Bishop O’Connell as a second year wrestling coach from Theodore Roosevelt High School in San Antonio, Texas. As a 2015-2016 AmeriCorps member, he spent the school days there serving as an English tutor and student mentor to at-risk youth. With their wrestling program, he helped produce 5 sectional qualifiers, and one state qualifier, Roosevelt’s first since 2012.
Prior to the start of his coaching career, he graduated from Gowanda High School in upstate New York, racking up over 70 varsity wins his junior and senior year, as well as a 5th place finish at the Empire State Games for freestyle wrestling. Recruited to wrestle for Oswego State University in 2011, he earned the ‘SUNYAC-All Academic Award’ his freshman year, alongside just two other wrestlers at OSU, for commitment to academic excellence & athletics.
Transferring to the University at Buffalo in 2012, he took time to focus on his career in academia, graduating with honors in political science and psychology in May of 2015. His studies brought him to Arlington, where he currently works with on-campus educational programs for the Institute for Humane Studies out of George Mason University. Coach O’Brien brings to Bishop O’Connell wrestling experience from across the country. He has competed in over 200 matches, dozens of tournaments, and has acquired technique in many different wrestling camps from world renowned wrestlers such as Ben Askren, John Smith, Bruce Baumgartner, and Dan Gable.
Head Assistant Coach: Evan Malone '07
VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACHES
Brian Wilson '97
Jonathan Carpenter '09