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Wrestling - Boys Varsity


2017-18 Varsity Wrestling Team


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


Oct. 18 - DJO Wrestling Newsletter

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


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Team Roster

Name Grade
Maxwell Alexander 10
Karim Al-Kouraishi 11
Cormac Flanagan 11
Mark Fogelson 11
Kyle Gallagher 11
William Joseph Jones 11
Nicolas Lopez-Riveira 10
Tyler Rooney 10
Aidan Seymour 10
Bishan Shourie
Maya Shourie 12
Christopher St. George
Joseph St. George 10
Brian Sweet
Christian Tesnow 11
Joseph Young 11


HEAD COACH: Alex Vergara

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Coach Vergara began his tenure in 2016 with Bishop O’Connell. Accompanied by an energetic coaching staff, the Knights have produced 4 WCAC medalists, 6 VISAA State medalists, and 6 National Prep qualifiers in just 2 seasons. Coming off of an 8th place finish at the 2018 State Championship, the Knights return 11 starters along with an incoming class of decorated transfers and freshmen.

Prior to DJO, Vergara served as the technician for the Edison Eagles (Alexandria, VA) from 2012-2016. In addition to the program earning 2 conference championship titles, he helped produce 12 conference champions, 4 regional champions, 5 top-3 state medalists, and 2 state champions.

In the first half of the 2010-2011 season, Vergara served as a volunteer assistant at Bishop Ireton, his alma mater. Midway through the season, he was hired as an assistant coach at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School (Alexandria, VA). He remained through the end of the 2011-2012 season, where the Saints finished the year with a 17-3 record, a City of Alexandria championship, runner-up finish at the IAC championship, and 6th place team finish at VISAA States. Under his tutelage, the Saints produced 2 conference champions, 9 top-6 state medalists, and 6 National Prep qualifiers.

In addition to coaching during the winter, Vergara dedicated his time as a volunteer assistant at the Gunston Wrestling Club (Alexandria, VA). This continued from 2010 until 2017, when he launched the Knights Wrestling Academy (Arlington, VA).

His collegiate career spanned from 2006-2010 at now-defunct Longwood University (Farmville, VA), where he was a 3x NCWA national qualifier by way of finishing 3rd, 5th, and 5th at the MAC Championship at 133 lbs. He competed for Bishop Ireton (Alexandria, VA), where he was a two-time varsity starter with accolades that included two 3rd place finishes in the WCAC and a 6th place finish at VISAA States.

His vocation is in education. He is an ESOL teacher for FCPS after earning his M.Ed. from Marymount University and B.A. in English from Longwood University.

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


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