Preston said their body structures make for an interesting matchup.
"It's a completely different style of wrestling,'' he said. "He's quicker and faster. I'm more technical, more of a slow-it-down pace.''
But one thing the brothers agree upon is what it would mean if both can walk off the mat on March 1 with a state championship.
"That would be awesome,'' Jake said. "Probably the best feeling in the world, knowing that mom and dad and the support we have from our family would be there. It would be pretty awesome.''
Preston chimed in.
"It would be a huge accomplishment,'' he said, "for two brothers to stand atop the podium together.''
No. 7 George Washington, the highest-ranked team competing in Region 3, advanced a tournament-high seven wrestlers into the weight-class finals Saturday and five of them won -- Philip Sharp (106), David Pancake (120), Jensen Lorea (138), Hunter Jones (170) and David Smith (heavyweight).
The Patriots also earned a regional title, compiling 198 points to outdistance the host Vikings (1651/2) and the remainer of the 10-team field. GW coach Richard Harper said it's GW's first regional team championship since 1966.
The Patriots began the regionals with nine athletes ranked in the top 10 by the state coaches association. Harper takes it as a sign of respect for his program.
"It's been a long season, a long grind,'' he said, "and we've been in these tough tournaments, and doing well against the top guys in the state. We're competing against the top 10 on a regular basis - winning some and they're beating us sometimes - but we're wrestling with these guys on a daily basis, and that's what's helped get our program to the next level.
"But we told them that now it's time to start showing it. It's a sign we're doing something to win this region.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.