The year was 2000, the turn of the century and new possibilities abounded, but not much ever changes among northern Virginia wrestling coaches. When you look at the results, the names of the past, present, and future are all in here. Each one giving back to their school, community and America by passing on what they learned to the next generation.
Names like Chuck Hoskins at his alma mater Annandale, before going to the top at Westfield; Bryan Hazard at his old school, putting his time in before he won three state championships; Roy Hill at his alma mater winning the region championship this year; Scott Brooks from Yorktown, a small school but always near the top; Karl Spinnenweber who produced some of the toughest kids and teams on the planet at Herndon; Harry Van Trees who made Oakton a contender; some Hall of Fame coaches like Paul Labazzetta from W.T. Woodson and Mitch Sutterfield from Fairfax.
The list goes on to other great men and ‘lifers’ like James Mon, Gary Embrey and current coaches, such as, Scott Matheny, Phil Cronin, Jeff Humphries and Todd Reynolds who sacrifice to train kids to be champions in life. But it’s all worth it when you see the wrestlers you trained show up years later to come back and coach. Wrestlers like Paul Bjorlo from this 2000 class, who now coaches at James Madison HS.
Wrestling always comes full circle, so when you get the chance, give back to the sport that helped make you who you are today.
I’d love to hear the stories or any updates to these records. Post your comments on where they are now, whether they be wrestlers or coaches.
|Weight||District||Region||State||First Name||Last Name||School|
|119||L1||3rd||6th||David||Friedman||George C. Marshall|
|125||L2||4th||Brian||Wilson||R.E. Lee – Spr|
|HWT||L2||3rd||5th||Najib||Gerdak||R.E. Lee – Spr|
|Team||C2||4th||28th||Oakton||115.5||Harry Van Trees|
|Team||5th||46th||James Robinson||112.5||Bryan Hazard|
|Team||6th||14th||Lake Braddock||106||Chris Moran|
|Team||L1||9th||29th||James Madison||82||Andrew Maoury|
|Team||11th||26th||West Potomac||66.5||Rick Seipp|
|Team||12th||53rd||West Springfield||62||Gary Embrey|
|Team||13th||22nd||Thomas Edison||54||Scott Matheny|
|Team||14th||40th||R.E. Lee – Spr||52||Joe Radun|
|Team||C5||15th||30th||South Lakes||51||Steven Williams|
|Team||17th||53rd||W.T. Woodson||37||Paul Labazzetta|
|Team||18th||48th||George C. Marshall||35||Phil Cronin|
|Team||19th||67th||Falls Church||29.5||Mike Byers|
|Team||21st||58th||T.C. Williams||26||Alan El Tagi|
|Team||22nd||53rd||Mount Vernon||20||Todd Reynolds|
|Team||C6||24th||Thomas Jefferson-S&T||13||Mike Kloehn|
|Team||26th||J.E.B. Stuart||3||Chris Strope|
If you have any updates to how the teams finished in districts, please post or send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a look back at the 1962 Northern Virginia tournament and it looks like it was a real barn-burner!
This was the 2nd ever “regional” tournament that qualified wrestlers to the state tournament. The Arlington schools were the dominant teams in the area – Wakefield, Washington-Lee, and Yorktown, but going into this meet upstart Annandale was thought to have a chance to take the crown. In all, there were 13 teams represented.
The championship came down to the last two weight classes of the tournament, 175lbs and HWT. Wakefield had the lead and two W-L wrestlers would both have to pin to capture the team title.
As the article below states, in the short history of the tournament, there had never been even one pin in a championship bout.
Jim Spicer was up first in a head to head matchup against defending champion Tom Lamone of Wakefield. An upset pin in the 2nd period, put the team race in a tie, going into the final match.
W-L’s defending champion Brian O’Donnell faced Tony Bennett (3rd in the state) of James Madison and pinned him in the second period to give W-L the go-ahead point to win the team title.
There are many other great and familiar names that were part of this event. Vic Blue, the legendary Wakefield coach and Sherman Vandevender, Sr. the WL coach, among many others.
Coach Vandevender is part of the Granby dynasty and was a 3x state champ in 52, 53 and 54. He’s also the father of some Robinson standouts in the early 80s including state placer, Sherman Jr. and state champ, Greg Vandevender.
One of the coach’s wrestlers, Larry Grove, produced another two generations of wrestlers at Yorktown.
Paul Wellstone went on to be a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, and the list goes on.
From father to son and generation to generation, wrestling makes champions in life. Let’s keep it going.
Thank you Dick Rickbeil (McLean’s 1st state champ) for the article from the Northern Virginia Sun.
1962 Northern Virginia Tournament Results
|Year||Weight||Region||State||First Name||Last Name||School|
|1962||127||2nd||Toshihiko||Nobe||R.E. Lee – Spr|
|6th||Falls Church||34||Charles Sherwood|
|12th||R.E. Lee – Spr||9|
If you have updates or history on any of these wrestlers or coaches, please add it in the comments section. I’m particularly looking for the first name of Jage from Groveton High School.
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.
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:
- What the heck is the “Unclassifed” state tournament?
- Where are the results for AA, A, Unclassified and private schools?
- 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:
- Like us on facebook – this will help us share data and communicate updates
- Look for the records that you have and send them to us email@example.com
- 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!
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
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