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Wrestling - Boys Varsity


2016-2017 Varsity Wrestling Team


WCAC Champions: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 2001, 2009
VIS State Champions: 1972, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1987, 2001
52 Individual State Champions
19 Individual All-Americans
1 National Prep Champion


Oct. 18 - DJO Wrestling Newsletter

June 13, 2016 - O'Connell names Alex Vergara as head wrestling coach.


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John Paul The Great/Diocesan Duals
Paul VI Catholic High School
Loss 33-40
Mount Mat Madness
Mount Saint Joseph High School
31st Place/31 Teams
Virginia Independent Schools State Tournament
Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center


Team Roster

Name Weight Grade
John Edmond 138 12
Cormac Flanagan 220 9
William Jones 0 9
Derik Mejia 182 9
Alan Parker 160 12
Christopher Rohan 145 12
Bishan Shourie 170 11
Maya Shourie 0 10
Christopher St. George (captain) 126 11
Brian Sweet 152 11
Christian Tesnow 170 9
James Woods (captain) 195 12
Joseph Young 0 9



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Alex Vergara

Coach Vergara has served the Northern Virginia area as a technical instructor for a number of programs since 2010. He is an active volunteer assistant coach for Gunston Wrestling Club (Alexandria, VA), which is run by Hayfield Secondary School's Roy Hill, and frequently works with wrestlers from all over the region during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Over the course of five winter seasons, he has helped produce a total of 12 conference champions, 4 regional champions, 14 state medalists, and 2 state champions.

Coach Vergara comes to Bishop O’Connell after completing his fourth season with the Edison Eagles (Alexandria, VA) where he worked alongside his former high school coach, Scott Racek. In just his second season with the Eagles, he was named Assistant Coach of the Year for Conference 13. Vergara left the Eagles on a high note with two Conference 13 titles, three top-10 finishes at the 5A Northern Regional tournament; and two top-10 finishes at 5A States.

Before joining the Edison Eagles, Vergara debuted his coaching career in the 2011-12 season with the St. Stephens & St. Agnes School Saints (Alexandria, VA). He was an integral part of the program as he oversaw the technical development of each wrestler as they steadily climbed the ranks in the VISAA. In just one season, he helped lead the Saints to a 17-3 dual record, a City of Alexandria dual championship title, an IAC runner-up finish, and a 6th place team trophy finish at VIS States- the highest finish in a decade.

Vergara competed for the Longwood University Lancers in the NCWA (National Collegiate Wrestling Association). The Lancers were members of the Mid-Atlantic Conference. He finished in 3rd, 5th, and 5th in the MAC Championships at 133 lbs between his sophomore and senior year. He completed his career as a 3x NCWA National qualifier- a program best. He is a Bishop Ireton Cardinals alumnus and was a two-time varsity starter. His accolades include two 3rd place finishes in the WCAC and a 6th place finish at VIS States.


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.

Sean Haskett

Coach Haskett comes to Bishop O'Connell after serving as a volunteer assistant at Gunston Wrestling Club (Alexandria, Va) and his alma mater, Lake Braddock Secondary School (Fairfax, Va). During his time at Lake Braddock, he personally mentored 3 district champions and 2 regional champions. The two regional champions ultimately finished as 6A State finalists with one being crowned a state champion.

During his time as a competitor, he completed his career as a 2x conference champion, Northern Region Champion, and a two-time 3A state placer: 7th as a Junior and 3rd as a Senior. These impressive feats were achieved prior to the state of Virginia's split into 6 divisions.

Coach Haskett debuts his official coaching career at O'Connell while completing his studies at George Mason University. His anticipated matriculation date is scheduled for the Spring of 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Developmental Psychology as well as Education. He will pursue a career in teaching and coaching in order to serve the local community by utilizing and sharing the gifts and talents he possesses.


Jonathan Carpenter '09
Evan Malone '07
Brian Wilson '97

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