Wrestling - Boys Varsity
2016-2017 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 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.
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