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Wagner & Buchholz Win National Youth Doubles Championship

Oak Ridge, TN/June 10: Wheeler School’s Breck Wagner and Moses Brown’s Chase Buchholz have been training at the Narragansett Boat Club for three years to prove that practice does make perfect. This weekend they proved that they were the crew to beat as they cruised through their preliminary heat and the semi final, each with the fastest time of all eighteen crews entered. This morning they proved that they were the class of the field as they took first off the line and continued to move away from the competition to win with a high, closing sprint 8.3 seconds ahead of the nearest competition.

All of the crews in the competition had to compete in their respective regional championships to qualify for this regatta. Last year, rowing in the same event, Wagner and Buchholz finished six seconds behind the winners to gain a bronze medal. They continued to train through the summer resulting in a gold medal performance at USRowing’s Club Nationals. They did a repeat of sorts in the fall when they raced up the 3-mile Head of the Charles course to win the Junior Men’s Double Sculls. This was easily a prime motivator for them to continue their winning ways into 2012. Their next goal may be competing in the 2012 Senior and Junior World Championships, which will be held inPlovdiv, Bulgaria, August 14-19. 

Times for the National Men’s Youth Double Sculls: 1. Narragansett (Chase Buchholz, Richard Wagner), 6:45.6; 2.Vashon Island, WA (Ryan Bingham, Gus Magnuson) 6:53.9; 3.Saratoga, NY (Sacha Castellani, John Howe), 6:58.2; 4.Humboldt Bay, CA (Ezra Carlson, Nick Daugherty), 7:01.1; 5. Wildcat, OH (Mike Trebilcock, Dave Conroy), 7:05.0; 6.Dallas, TX (David Sands, Oliver Salonna), 7:05.6. All races were rowed on the 2000 meter Melton Hill Course in Oak Ridge, TN.

Also racing at his first national championship regatta, was Isaac Mocarski, another Moses Brown student, who finished a very respectable and competitive fourth in the Grand Finals of Men’s Youth Single Sculls. He finished 3.3 seconds away from first and only 1.2 seconds away from a bronze medal. Isaac will be returning to school in the fall as a junior.

Times for the National Men’s Youth Single Sculls: 1. Seattle Rowing Center, WA (Christopher Wales), 7:32.2; 2. Serra, CA (Robert Vernazza), 7:34.4; 3. Nereid BC, NJ (Anthony Criscitiello), 7:34.6; 4. Narragansett (Isaac Mocarski), 7:35.5; 5.Newburgh,NY (Matthew Scholl), 7:39.9; 6. 6 Dallas (Oliver Salonna), 07:43.9.

Wagner, Buchholz, and Mocarski have been coached by Peter Wilhelm, a resident of Barrington and long-time sculler and coach at the Narragansett Boat Club. Wagner will be entering the University of Victoria in the fall. Buchholz and Mocarski will continue training in Providence throughout the coming year.

All the results for the Youth Nationals can be accessed through the link below: