25th Anniversary and History of the NOVA Classic

This weekend marked the 25th anniversary of northern Virginia’s best seasonal wrestling event – the Northern Region Classic aka the NOVA Classic.  At the helm of it all is Dick Adams, longtime Annandale wrestling coach, football coach, Athletic Director and everything else that involves getting kids moving in the right direction.  Coach Adams is again serving as the Tournament Director of this great event.
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Updates to History of Virginia Wrestling

As illustrated by the recent near-loss of wrestling in the Olympics, our beloved sport is under attack and has been for a long, long, long time.

I know that coaches sacrifice everything to keep the sport alive and work hard to get more kids, parents, fans, and supporters involved and to buy into to what you are doing.

Then we need to run this sport like a real sport.  To start we need a complete and verified record of all those that have gone before us and celebrate and build on what they have accomplished.  They should be the biggest advocates and supporters of wrestling and your programs.

We are committed to establishing this record.  We published the first edition of the results from all the AAA state tournaments, from 1949-2012 last February.  Here’s a link to a document with the updates we have made to that record since then – History of Virginia Wrestling AAA Updates 2013.  It includes the following:

  • Added first names for many wrestlers, especially the early years
  • Corrected spelling of last names
  • Added 5th and 6th placewinners from the 1976 state tournament
  • Corrected names and places of placewinners for 126lb weight class for 1977
  • Removed some names due to DQ
  • Corrected a few school names
  • Added results from the 2013 state championship

We have updates to the team finishes as well, but will post that separately.  There are still questions to be answered:

  1. What the heck is the “Unclassifed” state tournament?
  2. Where are the results for AA, A, Unclassified and private schools?
  3. Is every name, school, and place complete and verified?

Folks, we are knee-deep in answering these questions, but simply put, WE WILL NOT GET THERE WITHOUT YOU.  We need more data to work with – brackets, programs, newspaper clippings, etc.

To get this done, we ask you to please do the following:

  1. Like us on facebook – this will help us share data and communicate updates
  2. Look for the records that you have and send them to us info@vachamps.com
  3. Find your alumni and former coaches and ask them to do the above

Thank you for everything you do for the kids.  You are building champions in life!

In Search of Bobby Burnette, Dan River and the 1960 Virginia State Wrestling Tournament

If you recall, we put out an All-Points-Bulletin for one Bobby Burnette, the 165lb 4th placewinner from 1960.  The school listed in the official records was “DR”.  However, none of the schools listed as attending the tournament had the initials DR and Deep Run was not a Virginia high school until 2002.

So we started searching through the yearbooks with Douglas Freeman (DF) being the obvious choice – a simple typo.  Alas, he wasn’t in any of their yearbooks.  So we went through the yearbooks of ALL the OTHER schools and again – no Bobby Burnette. Continue reading

The History of Virginia Wrestling Weight Classes

One of the things that makes it hard to follow wrestling are the different weight classes – no other high school sport has them and they change from time to time and are different in youth, middle, high school and college and in international competition the weights are in kilograms not pounds.  Even just the idea of “making weight” is foreign and unappealing to many kids. Continue reading

Virginia Wrestling and the Miami Dolphins

Football goes hand in glove with wrestling.  The techniques learned in wrestling are directly transferable to football – like handfighting to get your opponent out of position or lowering your level and penetrating for a takedown or tackle.  Even more important is learning responsibility.  In football everyone has an assignment, plays work when people handle their assignment.  Responsibility is a core tenet of wrestling, because it’s just you against someone else.  The work you do will show up in your match and the work you don’t do will show up in your match and that is in no one else’s control but your own. Continue reading

1996 VA AAA Team Results


I double checked my sources on the 1996 team results and have a correction to report.  The way our wrestling history has been recorded, some kind soul posts results on the web and there they sit for years… and become FACT.  Well, in this case I should have compared it to the VHSL record, because they at least report the top two teams (though points for 2nd place are not correct). Our mission is to gather, report, and verify a complete record of the history of Virginia wrestling.

So to set the record straight, here’s the full list of team finishes – from 1st to 71st for AAA in 1996 – with thanks to Mike Johnson. Continue reading


Folks, “I demand a recount!”  “What! That was two points, anybody could see that!”  “You must be an idiot!”  Ah, the words and emotions that will get you kicked out of a tournament – and the state championships no less.  We’ve all seen it.  Unfortunately, when you kicked out of an event, you lose all your team points and any placement you might otherwise have earned.  I’m sure you learned from it, so let’s put it behind us and move on. Continue reading