Providing Natural Solutions for Male Sexual Health
There's not much we can count on in life, but if there's one guarantee, we can bet that our bodies change as we grow older. That's especially true for men as they age. One moment you're partying at the club, waking up refreshed, and hitting the gym. The next moment, getting out of bed is a chore. You're sore in places you never thought before, and hangovers don't just go away after a hot shower and a big breakfast.
And while sore joints and backaches can be treated with aspirin and ice, other signs of aging aren't as easy to treat. Of course, we're talking about challenges in getting and maintaining erections needed to satisfy your partner. At the extreme, we all know it as erectile dysfunction or ED for short but long before full ED, there are warning signs that things aren't working as they used to work. Hearing the ED word sends shivers down most men's spines. When you think about it, that makes sense - being unable to perform when you need to most is a scary thought.
If you're beginning to suffer from ED or male performance issues or you've been dealing with performance issues for some time, it may seem like nobody has any solutions or even really understands how these issues can impact your life and sense of well-being. However, ED of varying degrees is very common. More than 18 million men suffer from the condition in the U.S. Unfortunately, many of those men hide their performance issues without ever addressing them. If you're one of those men, and it feels like you're stuck in a rut with no help, we're here to tell you you're not alone. Proactive Wellness Centers, PLC is here to provide you with a long-lasting solution to help you regain confidence and perform like you used to.
Additionally, many men including the so-called "bio hackers" are using our treatments to PREVENT the performance decline in the first place. Why wait for the inevitable when you can implement strategies to prevent the decline in the first place.
The Proactive Wellness Center Difference
Our programs are all about reversing and slowing the aging process, preventing disease, and treating chronically ill patients. We utilize a three-pronged approach:
- 1. We equip patients with the knowledge required to take charge of their health and achieve optimal well-being.
- 2. We focus on disease prevention by providing a thorough evaluation using comprehensive diagnostics including the patient-supplied information.
- 3. We work with patients to implement a rejuvenation program consisting of various science-based treatments that reduce cellular degeneration, promote tissue regeneration and healing, and slow down the aging process.
We consider every individual as physiologically unique. As such, we don't subscribe to a "one-size-fits-all" approach. Instead, our programs focus on a customized approach, leveraging genetics and advanced testing, utilizing advanced therapeutics like Gainswave and addressing risk factors that, if avoided or modified, could have beneficial effects for reducing many chronic conditions that men suffer from year-round.
Our vision is to provide the latest in scientifically-validated therapies for reversing the aging process, preventing chronic disease, and optimizing health. For men whoare just starting to have challenges, or who have erectile dysfunction, or for the biohackers that just want everything optimized, one of those proven therapies is GAINSWave therapy in West Springfield, VA
- Providing Natural Solutions for Male Sexual Health
- The Proactive Wellness Center Difference
- What is GAINSWave Therapy?
- What Makes GAINSWave Therapy in West Springfield, VA Work?
- Other Treatments and Programs from Proactive Wellness Centers, PLC
- Achieve Your Wellness Goals at Proactive Wellness Centers, PLC
What is GAINSWave Therapy?
If you have ED or even a minor decline in sexual performance, there's a good chance you've already seen your primary care doctor. You've talked to them about the issues you're facing. And, if they're like many doctors, they prescribed you some pills and sent you on your way. Unfortunately, going this route doesn't do much to solve erectile dysfunction - you're just putting a band-aid on the problem. Plus, you're putting strange chemicals in your body via a "little blue pill" that may cause adverse side effects.
At the end of the day, you need a real-deal solution to ED, not a quick fix. The good news? A safe, non-invasive, injection-free answer to your problems exists. It's called GAINSWave therapy, and according to recent studies, it has shown an 85-92% success rate for mild to moderate cases of erectile dysfunction.
Reports from men who have used GAINSWave therapy in West Springfield, VA report the following benefits:
- Stronger, Longer Lasting Erections
- Improved Sexual Pleasure
- More Blood Circulation and Flow
- Better Girth and Length
- Less Rest Needed Between Orgasms
- Enhanced Intimacy in the Bedroom
Unlike many ED treatments, you don't have to worry about surgery or drugs when you choose GAINSWave. This revolutionary treatment uses acoustic wave technology, also called pulse wave therapy, instead of surgery or pills, which helps to rebuild blood flow to the penile region, thereby boostings erectile strength and, by proxy, confidence.
But the benefits of GAINSWave don't end there. This therapy also breaks up micro plaques and boosts nitric oxide, which forms new blood vessels and collagen. That's exciting news for men suffering from Peyronie's disease, which is another condition specific to male sexual health.
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What Makes GAINSWave Therapy in West Springfield, VA Work?
With time, men's blood flow decreases, sensitivity isn't what it once was, and blood vessels start to get thinner or even partially or fully blocked. With GAINSWave, high-frequency, low-intensity shockwaves rejuvenate areas of the penis that have suffered with age. For instance, micro plaques are removed, new blood vessels form, and blood flow increases. According to several clinical studies, enhanced blood flow from GAINSWave translates to more sustainable, rigid erections in 75% of men.
Though males in America are only beginning to realize the benefits of GAINSWave, it's a treatment that has been used for over a decade around the world. Backed by science and proven to rejuvenate vasculature in male erections, GAINSWave works without any pain or recovery time. In fact, it's possible to pop into Proactive Wellness Centers on your lunch break for a therapy session.
Proactive Wellness Centers' GAINSWave treatments feature:
- Low-Intensity Pulse or Shockwaves
- All Natural
- No Needles
- No Pills
- No Pain
- No Surgery
- No Recovery Time
- Quick Procedures
Because this procedure is needle, surgery, and drug-free, most men don't have to suffer through costly insurance claims or unsightly scarring. With GAINSWave and our comprehensive and personalized ED treatment plans, all you need to focus on is enjoying life, knowing your erectile dysfunction is a thing of the past.
Who Are the Best Candidates for Gainswave Therapy in West Springfield, VA?
If you're a man over the age of 30 and want to optimize your performance or if you are suffering a decline in this area, GAINSWave may be for you. That's even more true if other treatments never worked. For many men, those unsuccessful solutions include pills like Viagra. If prescription pills don't solve your ED problems, GAINSWave is a great option to consider. Academic studies show that shockwave therapy is successful where PDE5 inhibitors (like Viagra or Cialis) fall short.
In fact, many urologists now consider shockwave therapy the greatest revolution in ED treatment in over a decade. Even men without erectile dysfunction use GAINSWave as a preventative therapy to keep their bedroom performance strong and avoid compromised blood vessels.
Some of the key benefits of GAINSWave procedures over other ED treatments include:
- No Drugs
- Backed by Clinical Studies and Extensive Medical Research
- Vast Record of Success
- FDA-Approved for Enhanced Sexual Wellness
- Available at Proactive Wellness Centers, PLC
What Should I Expect from GAINSWave Therapy at Proactive Wellness Centers?
If you're ready to begin your journey to a healthier, happier sex life, getting started at our wellness clinic is as easy as 1-2-3:
Make an Appointment: Give our office a call at 703-822-5003. One of our Clinical Intake Coordinators will answer any question you have and get you started. If you prefer, you can text "gainswave" to 833.341.0170, and our Clinical Intake Coordinator will get back to you personally and confidentially.
Prep: Once the intake process is complete, you'll schedule a time for GAINSWave therapy in West Springfield, VA. You'll arrive at our wellness center for treatment at least 30 minutes before your appointment time. Procedure time is usually no longer than 30 minutes and occurs in our wellness center.
Enjoy the Benefits: Once your GAINSWave therapy session is over, you can get right back to what you were doing beforehand. Studies show that approximately 75% of men enjoy positive results like stronger, longer-lasting erections after treatment. Most men only need 6-12 sessions for optimal results.
Other Treatments and Programs from Proactive Wellness Centers, PLC
As the premier wellness clinic in Virginia and the metro D.C. area, we provide patients with a comprehensive list of treatments to slow the process of aging and treat chronic conditions. Our vision is to provide the latest in scientifically-validated therapies, like GAINSWave therapy in West Springfield, VA, for reversing the aging process, preventing chronic disease, and optimizing health.
Some of the most requested services we offer include:
Low-T Treatment for Men
While not as widely discussed as menopause is for women, andropause is very real for men just as menopause is significant for women. Our Low-T program for men focuses on the unique needs of men who are suffering from andropause or low testosterone. The Program Testosterone replacement when clinically indicated, optimization of DHEA and Pregenenolone, combined with nutritional guidance, nutritional supplementation recommendations to optimize your health. For men where Testosterone has declined, the Low-T program is a necessary complement to the Gainswave therapy.
Depending on lab results and patient goals, the program may also include peptides to help patients optimize their health and body composition. If you can identify with some of the symptoms below, you are likely experiencing low testosterone / andropause and are a candidate for laboratory testing to determine if BHRT is right for you.
Symptoms may include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased stamina
- Loss of physical agility
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Prostate problems
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Like men, women's bodies change as they grow older. Often referred to as menopause, this time in a woman's life can be stressful when the body uses energy differently, fat cells change, and hormones decline.
Many of the common symptoms and conditions associated with menopause are widely known and discussed, but there are many that are overlooked. At Proactive Wellness Centers, we've seen patients misdiagnosed with other illnesses that were actually caused by a decline in hormone levels. Our BHRT program for women focuses on the unique needs of women who are suffering from the common as well as the lesser-known symptoms of menopause.
Those symptoms may include:
- Hot Flashes
- Mood Swings
- Anxiety Attacks
- Vaginal Dryness
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are also known as natural hormones. They are substances with the same chemical makeup as the hormones produced in your body. Hormones are not drugs - they occur naturally and are found in every human on earth. BHRT replaces hormones at a physiologic level that is not harmful to the body.
If you're suffering through the symptoms of menopause, taking Midol isn't going to solve any problems. Fortunately, our BHRT program for women is designed to eliminate many menopausal symptoms. That way, we give women a chance to recapture their energy levels and vitality with drugs or surgery. Contact our office today to learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and how it can help you recapture the joys of your youth.
Bredesen-Protocol Strategies for Improving Brain Health
We believe that a healthy brain is paramount to overall well-being. Unfortunately, little is known about promoting brain health, lowering the risk of dementia, or stabilizing symptoms for patients experiencing early signs.
After much research, however, Dr. Lawson from Proactive Wellness Centers determined that the Bredesen protocol provides the best evidence-based approach to diagnosing and treating cognitive decline.
The approach, created by Dr. Dale Bredesen, is called ReCODE. This protocol involves multiple strategies to pinpoint specific health issues contributing to Alzheimer's Disease. The results of each strategy are measured using blood tests, dementia tests, cognitive evaluations, and other signs of overall health improvement. Now a Bredesen Certified doctor, Dr. Lawson now offers patients the full Bredesen ReCODE protocol to help them recover from debilitating illnesses like Alzheimer's.
Through this exciting approach, patients have shown dramatic improvements in cognitive function. In some cases, they achieve a reversal of symptoms and have even returned to work.
Proactive Wellness Centers' ReCODE program uses significant functional medicine experience and includes:
- Lifestyle Interventions
- Targeted Nutrients
- Therapeutic Diets
We're thrilled to add this promising Alzheimer's disease treatment for qualifying patients at Proactive Wellness Centers.
Chronic Disease Treatment
Long-term diseases like Lyme disease and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) can ruin a person's life and often leave them afraid to leave the house. To make matters worse, these chronic diseases are often initially misdiagnosed, complicating treatment and leaving the patient depressed and hopeless. And while some medical prescriptions can help, many chronic disease sufferers live without finding true relief.
At Proactive Wellness Centers, our innovative doctors have developed a comprehensive treatment program to address chronic diseases like CIRS and Lyme disease. Generally, our Chronic Disease Treatment follows SSRP protocols as defined below:
- Stop the progression of the disease while strengthening the immune system
- Stabilize patients by balancing hormones and restoring energy
- Reverse cellular, mitochondrial, and other damages caused by chronic diseases, based on lab markers and/or symptomatic expression
- Prevent further development of the chronic disease processes
Our SSRP protocol provides patients with a promising program based largely on the emerging bodies of evidence in the chronic disease space. This evidence is supported by peer-reviewed medical journals, clinical studies, and even double-blind placebo-controlled studies.
When choosing chronic disease treatments for patients, our team of doctors and clinicians focus on safety and efficacy before anything else. Typical therapies associated with our chronic disease treatment programs include:
- IV Vitamin Therapy
- Targeted Nutritional Supplements
- Compassionate Care and Personalized Service from Qualified Doctors
As an integrative practice, we use conventional medications when indicated, especially in cases of underlying co-infections and other areas where traditional medication offers the best course of treatment.
If you're at your wit's end living with a chronic disease, call Proactive Wellness Centers today. Our innovative treatments and therapies may be the key you need to unlock a new, healthy life.
Achieve Your Wellness Goals at Proactive Wellness Centers, PLC
From GAINSWave therapy in West Springfield, VA, to Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for women, our doctors are here to serve you with care, compassion, and a commitment to your health.
That's because, at Proactive Wellness Centers, we take a patient-first approach to every service we offer. Unlike some anti-aging clinics, we focus on your goals, your experiences, and how we can address your health and well-being needs. We believe with a full heart that your story matters, and we're ready and waiting to listen. If you're looking for personalized, functional, regenerative treatments that address root causes, you're only a phone call away from living a healthier life.
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Latest News in West Springfield, VA
From FCPS Theater to HBO Max Series Regular
As part of Black History Month, FCPS staff recently interviewed Grace Duah, West Springfield High School Class of 2016 graduate and series regular on HBO Max’s Gossip Girl reboot.Even though Grace is breaking into the showbiz industry as an actor, she already had quite the legacy within FCPS. Grace describes herself as a “changemaker.” Not only was Grace the student body president in her senior year, but she also co-founded the Black Student Union at West Springfield HS that is still active today.She ...
As part of Black History Month, FCPS staff recently interviewed Grace Duah, West Springfield High School Class of 2016 graduate and series regular on HBO Max’s Gossip Girl reboot.
Even though Grace is breaking into the showbiz industry as an actor, she already had quite the legacy within FCPS. Grace describes herself as a “changemaker.” Not only was Grace the student body president in her senior year, but she also co-founded the Black Student Union at West Springfield HS that is still active today.
She encourages others to follow the popular saying: “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” Grace says she realized in high school and continues to believe that the more involved she can be, the more she can bring about change.
When facing adversity, Grace says that she allows herself to acknowledge and feel the low feelings before bouncing back. “The worst thing to do is [to] not let yourself feel the emotion that you are feeling,” she says. “Feel the sadness and then use it as fuel to get back up on your feet.”
Grace as a pushy Hollywood manager in a Virginia High School League one-act play at West Springfield High School alongside her best friend, Brittany Padgett.
Grace credits her high school theater program as playing a large role in her professional success. “If I did not attend West Springfield and have the experience I had, I don’t know if I would be in show business today,” she says. “FCPS appreciates the arts.”
Among her heroes, Grace names her Irving Middle School Theatre Teacher Timothy King and her West Springfield High School Theatre Teacher Bernie DeLeo. Referring to her path to success, Grace adds, “Mr. King laid down the cement, and Mr. DeLeo paved [the way].”
Grace with her theatre teacher, Bernie DeLeo, at West Springfield High School. Mr. DeLeo currently teaches at Marshall High School.
In Grace’s personal life, her heroes are her parents, Maya Angelou, and "all Black women that grace the big screen: Viola Davis, Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Raven Simone, Maxine Shaw, and Tia and Tamera Mowry," to name a few.
Grace says, “My biggest advice [to students] is that you are enough as you are right now; not when you get older or go to college. Don’t judge your excitements and joys based on [the measure of] someone else. Sometimes you’re a chai latte trying to be a matcha. Don’t ever stop being yourself."
Virginia Retail Sector Takes a Hit as Economic Troubles Force Chain Stores to Close Multiple Shops
Multiple store closures are rocking the retail industry in Virginia as retailers continue to be hit hard in the United States.Over the last month, several national retailers, including Walmart and Macy's, have announced multiple store closures, with major chains combining to shut more than 800 retail stores in 2023, and Virginia is one of the hardest states hit.Please read below to find out ...
Multiple store closures are rocking the retail industry in Virginia as retailers continue to be hit hard in the United States.
Over the last month, several national retailers, including Walmart and Macy's, have announced multiple store closures, with major chains combining to shut more than 800 retail stores in 2023, and Virginia is one of the hardest states hit.
Please read below to find out which stores in Virginia will be closing in 2023.
Bed Bath & Beyond stores in Virginia closing in 2023
416 Bed Bath & Beyond-owned stores in the U.S. will close in 2023 due to financial issues. Thirteen of these are in Virginia.
They will also be closing a BuyBabyBuy store at 1320 Carl D Silver Parkway in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Tuesday Morning stores in Virginia closing in 2023
The discount home goods company is closing more than half of its stores in the United States, including 10 in Virginia.
There have also been store closures announced by Walmart, Macy's, JC Penney, Party City, and Big Lots though none of the affected stores are in Virginia.
Clothing company Gap has also advised it would close approximately 350 Gap and Banana Republic stores by the end of 2023. So far, 276 stores have been closed, leaving up to 74 store closures still to be announced.
Bath & Body Work has also stated that 50 of their stores will close this year, though they have yet to advise which locations they are.
Should any of these be listed in Virginia, I'll update this article and keep readers informed of any new developments in the retail industry or other chains closing stores in the state.
Do any of these store closures affect you? Do you believe the government should offer these businesses more financial support? Are you concerned about those people who will lose their jobs? What more can be done to keep retail stores open in Virginia?
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Men’s Swimming finishes sixth at 2023 PSAC Championships
BILL MORGAL Sports information directorhttps://www.shipnc.com/sports/local_sports/article_dd6e34e0-b7ac-11ed-8411-4bb0ca9bf019.html
The Shippensburg University men’s swimming team finished in sixth place at the 2023 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Swimming Championships, wrapping up the final day of competition at the Graham Aquatic Center with five evening finalists and seven overall individual point scorers.The Raiders were most represented in the consolation ‘B’ final of the 200-yard breaststroke, which was won by graduate Andrew Hale (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) in a time of 2:04.82 that is just a second off his PR that r...
The Shippensburg University men’s swimming team finished in sixth place at the 2023 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Swimming Championships, wrapping up the final day of competition at the Graham Aquatic Center with five evening finalists and seven overall individual point scorers.
The Raiders were most represented in the consolation ‘B’ final of the 200-yard breaststroke, which was won by graduate Andrew Hale (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) in a time of 2:04.82 that is just a second off his PR that ranks second in school history. Hale improved by more than two seconds from his morning prelim time.
Graduate Vin Salvatore (Howell, N.J./Howell) delivered a huge PR for the second straight day, claiming 10th place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:08.73 that is just .08 seconds shy of cracking the SU Top 10 in the event. Salvatore’s previous PR was 2:10, marking a significant new best.
Freshman Nate Wauls (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) placed 15th in the event, swimming 2:12.12 at night after a morning prelim of 2:11.70. Sophomore Nathan VanNatter (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) improved his personal best in the event to 2:13.93.
Sophomore David Johnson (Chesterfield, Va./L.C. Bird) paced the Raiders in the 1,650-yard freestyle, placing sixth with a PR of 16:21.40. Redshirt-junior JC Greenwood (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg Area (Penn State)) added another scoring effort to his ledger in the event with a 13th-place time of 17:00.83.
In the 200-yard backstroke, junior Michael Salvatori (Springfield, Va./St. John Paul the Great) qualified for the championship ‘A’ final by virtue of a PR in the morning of 1:52.58 – which moves him ahead of Zak Clifford into third place on SU’s all-time list for the event. Salvatori finished seventh overall after an evening swim of 1:53.57.
Senior David Bussard (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) scored in the 200-yard backstroke with a 16th-place time of 1:57.07. His morning prelim of 1:55.35 that got him into the consolation final was a new season best.
In a time trial, senior Alec Burger (Elizabethtown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) delivered a new personal best of 51.42 seconds – his first sub-52 time in the event – which moves him into eighth place all-time at Shippensburg in the event.
Sophomore Zaidian Van Orden (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) paced the Raiders in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47.33 seconds, while senior Elijah Zinn (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Area) swam 48.22 seconds. The meet concluded with VanNatter, Van Orden, Zinn and Johnson completing the 400 yard freestyle relay in 3:09.49.
6. David Johnson 16:21.40
13. JC Greenwood 17:00.83
Zaidian Van Orden 47.33
Elijah Zinn 48.22
Alec Burger 48.57
Matthew Beard 49.00
Tylor Yakaitis 49.44
Kevin Noldy 50.00
7. Michael Salvatori 1:53.57 (1:52.58p)
16. David Bussard 1:57.07 (1:55.35p)
Kevin Noldy 2:01.19
9. Andrew Hale 2:04.82 (2:07.47p)
10. Vin Salvatore 2:08.73 (2:10.65p)
15. Nate Wauls 2:12.12 (2:11.70p)
Nathan VanNatter 2:13.93
400 Free Relay
7. Nathan VanNatter, Zaidian Van Orden, Elijah Zinn, David Johnson 3:09.49
Time Trial: 100 Fly
Alec Burger 51.42
Robinson wins third straight Va. wrestling title, edging Westfield, Chantilly
VIRGINIA BEACH — Robinson had three wrestlers in title matches and won all three at Saturday’s Virginia Class 6 state championship meet. It needed just about every point.For the third year in a row, the Rams captured the Class 6 team championship — thanks to Caden Smith at 106 pounds, Tristan Corbin at 138 and Robert Kucharczk, who won his match at 175 by pin to secure it.The Rams scored 98 points to edge a balanced Westfield (96.5) and Chantilly (91.5).Corbin also pinned Jayden Loveranes of South Lakes...
VIRGINIA BEACH — Robinson had three wrestlers in title matches and won all three at Saturday’s Virginia Class 6 state championship meet. It needed just about every point.
For the third year in a row, the Rams captured the Class 6 team championship — thanks to Caden Smith at 106 pounds, Tristan Corbin at 138 and Robert Kucharczk, who won his match at 175 by pin to secure it.
The Rams scored 98 points to edge a balanced Westfield (96.5) and Chantilly (91.5).
Corbin also pinned Jayden Loveranes of South Lakes in the final seconds of the first period to win his title. He was in control from the start and ended the match with six seconds left in the period.
“I just wanted to go after him with my attacks,” Corbin said. “Getting the pin wasn’t that important at that point. I was ready to keep going. But when you get that close, you want to get it over with.”
While Robinson’s victory has become something of a tradition, there was also new flavor at the meet.
Just minutes after Owen Lebkisher came off the mat, he did a little quick math. Told he was the first state champ from Marshall since 1970, he smiled.
“That’s more than 50 years,” he said. “That’s a big deal.”
In the 157-pound title match, Lebkisher led Battlefield’s Cooper Lockhart most of the way but briefly found himself on his back late in the third period. Realizing he was near the edge of the mat, he pulled Lockhart out of bounds to avoid the pin. With less than 10 seconds left in the match, he pinned Lockhart.
As a junior last year, he had taken third place at 145 pounds. This year, he said, he just tried to stay focused on each match and “not let anything get in my head.” Lebkisher said he plans to play rugby in college, so this is to likely be his final wrestling match.
“It’s a good one to end on,” he said.
Yorktown senior Liam Gil-Swiger also won the first state title in school history, beating Langley’s Ryan Roncskevitz, 5-3, at 165 pounds.
Gil-Swiger recalled attending his first state meet in eighth grade and being amazed at the talent and emotion.
“I remember thinking I wanted to be like that one day,” he said. “Now I’m here, and it just feels surreal. You try to envision it, but nothing prepares you for this feeling.”
Chantilly also got two state championships, both from sophomores — Ezekiel Keel at 113 pounds and Benjamin Weader at 144.
As a freshman last year, Weader took third at 126 pounds. This year, he won the state title at 144, dominating Matox Allen of Grassfield for a 20-5 decision.
“It feels really good,” Weader said. “It feels like a little bit of revenge because it was a Grassfield guy who beat me last year. It’s not the same guy, but I liked that I got to go up against a guy from Grassfield again.”
Keel won at 113 pounds in one of the evening’s most dramatic matches. He defeated West Springfield senior Ronald Vernem, 2-0. Keel and Vernem, former teammates with the Tech Squad club team, hooked up in a tough defensive battle that was scoreless until the final seconds.
With Vernem in the top position in the third period, Keel said he was trying to bide his time and stay off his back. As time expired, Keel scored a quick reversal for the victory.
“I was waiting for the right moment,” Keel said. “When we got to the final seconds, I went aggressive to get the reversal. I was so excited, I couldn’t contain myself.”
Other Class 6 state champs included Isaac Hegg of Oakton at 150 pounds, Lorenzo Pellot-Vazquez of Fairfax at 190 and Tyler Stewart of Forest Park at 215. In the Class 4 meet, Luke Roberts of Loudoun County won at 144 pounds.
Springfield restaurant back open after Valentine's Day fire
SPRINGFIELD, Va. — A beloved restaurant in Springfield, Virginia, is back open following a three-alarm fire that sent patrons rushing to safety during Valentine's Day dinner.The Feb. 14 fire at Mike's American Grill caused an estimated $200,000 in damage according to firefighters with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue."We were fortunate that the fire was contained to the kitchen ductwork, allowing us to open our doors to guests again swiftly," the team at Mike's American wrote in a statement to WUSA9. "We woul...
SPRINGFIELD, Va. — A beloved restaurant in Springfield, Virginia, is back open following a three-alarm fire that sent patrons rushing to safety during Valentine's Day dinner.
The Feb. 14 fire at Mike's American Grill caused an estimated $200,000 in damage according to firefighters with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.
"We were fortunate that the fire was contained to the kitchen ductwork, allowing us to open our doors to guests again swiftly," the team at Mike's American wrote in a statement to WUSA9. "We would like to thank our dedicated team for their hard work, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue teams for their swift action, Fairfax County and our loyal guests for always supporting us."
On Wednesday, the restaurant posted that it is back open on its Facebook page. "Please join is for lunch or dinner," the post reads.
Several people in the comments on the post were surprised by how quickly the restaurant was able to open its doors after the large fire, and excited to come back.
"Glad the fire didn't cause too much damage that would have required a longer close," one commenter said.
"Woo hoo!!! Fantastic news!! Looking forward to coming back asap," another user said.
Approximately 150 customers and 85 employees were inside the building when the fire sparked in the first floor kitchen. No one was injured.
"We had a clear view of the kitchen and we kept seeing the kitchen go up in flames and then one alarm went off and then the other alarm went off," customer Aida Spalding said. "Next thing you know, we were trying to order dessert and the waiter said we had to evacuate. No dessert for us."
Like Spalding, many other diners were forced to leave their vehicles behind and return the next day since fire equipment was blocking the parking lot. Smoke could be seen spewing out from the rooftop.
Spalding said Mike's is a staple for the community.
"I went to high school close by and for everyone in this area, it's really a go-to restaurant," Spalding said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to firefighters.
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