2000 Northern Region Wrestling Tournament w/District and State Placewinners

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
103 L1 1st 6th Stephen Barksdale James Madison
103 L2 2nd Jon Stryker Fairfax
103 P1 3rd 5th Daniel Vucci Lake Braddock
103 P3 4th Johnny Tran Annandale
103 N1 5th Son Nguyen Falls Church
103 P2 6th David Gitlin West Springfield
112 C1 1st Eric Amstutz Oakton
112 P1 2nd Larry Oufiero James Robinson
112 P3 3rd Payton Lamb Lake Braddock
112 P2 4th Gabe Resto Hayfield
112 C2 5th Mikey Kecman Herndon
112 N2 6th Stephen Strasburg Yorktown
119 C1 1st Jason Smith Centreville
119 P1 2nd Jose Martinez Hayfield
119 L1 3rd 6th David Friedman George C. Marshall
119 L2 4th Nathan Thomas W.T. Woodson
119 C4 5th Aaron McIlwee Chantilly
119 C3 6th Scott Massie Oakton
125 P1 1st 4th Pat Cronin West Potomac
125 C1 2nd 6th Jay O’Donnell Oakton
125 L1 3rd Adam Thomas W.T. Woodson
125 L2 4th Brian Wilson R.E. Lee – Spr
125 P3 5th Mike Cassidy Lake Braddock
125 C4 6th James Burkart South Lakes
130 N1 1st Mike Strasburg Yorktown
130 L1 2nd 3rd Kia Kianersi Fairfax
130 C1 3rd Mark Moore Centreville
130 N2 4th Richard Portillo Falls Church
130 P1 5th Ben Rogers Hayfield
130 C3 6th Tyler Marquardt Chantilly
135 P1 1st 1st Steve Keleher Lake Braddock
135 C1 2nd John Koch Centreville
135 N1 3rd 5th John Burton Yorktown
135 P2 4th Geoff Meno Hayfield
135 L2 5th Quentin Caruthers Fairfax
135 C3 6th Eric Zakrzewski Herndon
140 N1 1st 2nd Will Carroll Washington-Lee
140 P2 2nd Mike Vachon James Robinson
140 P1 3rd Jason Howard Hayfield
140 C1 4th David Zakrzewski Herndon
140 N2 5th Abraham Alvarenga Thomas Edison
140 L1 6th Troy Coleman Fairfax
145 P1 1st Pat Rooney Hayfield
145 L1 2nd 6th Chris Ward James Madison
145 N2 3rd Cedric Bryant Thomas Edison
145 C1 4th Tyson Leroy Chantilly
145 N1 5th Brian Marlow Yorktown
145 P3 6th Nate Wilson Lake Braddock
152 C1 1st 3rd Paul Bjorlo South Lakes
152 P4 2nd Ed Pickering West Potomac
152 P2 3rd 5th Kyle Burney Annandale
152 P3 4th Jared Hoke West Springfield
152 C3 5th Jordan Gibb Oakton
152 P1 6th Nate Kennedy Hayfield
160 N1 1st 5th Peter Zafros Yorktown
160 C1 2nd 6th Chris Burton Oakton
160 C2 3rd Matt Wood Centreville
160 P2 4th Mark O’Hair T.C. Williams
160 P1 5th Mark Malone Lake Braddock
160 P3 6th Ryan Fassnacht James Robinson
171 P1 1st 3rd Tomas Ovalle Hayfield
171 C2 2nd Abdul Lowe Herndon
171 N1 3rd John Dennis Mount Vernon
171 P2 4th Christian Joun James Robinson
171 C1 5th Mike Wheatley Oakton
171 P3 6th Rory Virostko West Springfield
189 P1 1st Brandon Fields Annandale
189 P3 2nd Matt Fassnacht James Robinson
189 C1 3rd Dan Coghlan Herndon
189 P2 4th Pack Landfair West Springfield
189 C2 5th Ian Reynolds Centreville
189 N1 6th Kevin Keyes Yorktown
215 N1 1st 1st Shaun Herring Thomas Edison
215 P1 2nd Dirk Whitaker James Robinson
215 C2 3rd Tom Coghlan Herndon
215 P2 4th Brian McLain West Springfield
215 L2 5th Mike Tatum Fairfax
215 P4 6th Carl Clyburn Annandale
HWT L1 1st 2nd Chris Ward Fairfax
HWT P1 2nd 3rd Floyd Wright Hayfield
HWT L2 3rd 5th Najib Gerdak R.E. Lee – Spr
HWT P3 4th Robert Dennis West Potomac
HWT C1 5th Scott Randolph South Lakes
HWT C3 6th Grant Maxfield Thomas Jefferson-S&T


Weight District Region State School Points Coach
Team P1 1st 5th Hayfield 167.5 Roy Hill
Team 2nd 8th Fairfax 118.5 Mitch Sutterfield
Team N1 3rd 19th Yorktown 116 Scott Brooks
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 C3 7th 41st Centreville 102 John Sloan
Team C1 8th 63rd Herndon 95 Karl Spinnenweber
Team L1 9th 29th James Madison 82 Andrew Maoury
Team 10th 36th Annandale 72.5 Chuck Hoskins
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  C4 16th 66th Chantilly 44.5 Michael Mukai
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 20th 26th Washington-Lee 29 James Mon
Team 21st 58th T.C. Williams 26 Alan El Tagi
Team 22nd 53rd Mount Vernon 20 Todd Reynolds
Team 23rd Langley 15 Kevin Shea
Team  C6 24th Thomas Jefferson-S&T 13 Mike Kloehn
Team 25th Wakefield 4.5 Jeff Humphries
Team 26th J.E.B. Stuart 3 Chris Strope
Team 27th McLean 1 Hollis Brown

If you have any updates to how the teams finished in districts, please post or send to jack@jackclark.com

1962 Northern Virginia Tournament aka Regions

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.

1962 Northern Region 1 1962 Northern Region 2

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 95 1st 4th Dick Bowen J.E.B. Stuart
1962 95 2nd Bill Compton McLean
1962 95 3rd Bob Hetzer Washington-Lee
1962 95 4th Frank Wasuta Mount Vernon
1962 103 1st 3rd Paul Wellstone Yorktown
1962 103 2nd Mark Mugaas Annandale
1962 103 3rd 4th Neil Fink Wakefield
1962 103 4th John Shreves Fairfax
1962 112 1st 2nd Dicky Rickbeil McLean
1962 112 2nd 3rd Jeff Lipsey Washington-Lee
1962 112 3rd Donald Smith Annandale
1962 112 4th Bill Sunda Yorktown
1962 120 1st 1st John Soukey Mount Vernon
1962 120 2nd Clayton Takagi Wakefield
1962 120 3rd Don Ruths Annandale
1962 120 4th Jage Groveton
1962 127 1st Jerry Callahan Falls Church
1962 127 2nd Toshihiko Nobe R.E. Lee – Spr
1962 127 3rd 4th Dan Price Annandale
1962 127 4th John Eisenhart Washington-Lee
1962 133 1st Gary Misenheimer Groveton
1962 133 2nd Bruce Blatz Falls Church
1962 133 3rd Bud Reynolds Yorktown
1962 133 4th 3rd Tom Lamanna Washington-Lee
1962 138 1st Neil Smith Yorktown
1962 138 2nd Tom Swan Annandale
1962 138 3rd Keith Douglass Wakefield
1962 138 4th Larry Grove Washington-Lee
1962 145 1st 1st Vahan Khoyan Washington-Lee
1962 145 2nd 4th Michael McKelvie Mount Vernon
1962 145 3rd Ron Eld J.E.B. Stuart
1962 145 4th Karl Veit Wakefield
1962 154 1st 1st Jim Jenkins Mount Vernon
1962 154 2nd Robert Jacobs Groveton
1962 154 3rd 2nd Mike Chapman Wakefield
1962 154 4th Jerry Mullins Annandale
1962 165 1st 1st Bill Darnall Wakefield
1962 165 2nd Ronnie Coburn Yorktown
1962 165 3rd 2nd Dan Jones Annandale
1962 165 4th Ron Tankersley Fairfax
1962 175 1st 1st Jim Spicer Washington-Lee
1962 175 2nd Tom Lamone Wakefield
1962 175 3rd 2nd Bob White Fairfax
1962 175 4th Francis Oxley J.E.B. Stuart
1962 HWT 1st Brian O’Donnell Washington-Lee
1962 HWT 2nd 3rd Tony Bennett James Madison
1962 HWT 3rd Steve Sears Annandale
1962 HWT 4th Ned Garber Wakefield

Team Placement

Region School Points Coach
1st Washington-Lee 79 Sherman Vandevender
2nd Wakefield 78 Vic Blue
3rd Annandale 67
4th Yorktown 57 Chuck Harris
5th Mount Vernon 51
6th Falls Church 34 Charles Sherwood
7th Groveton 30
8th McLean 27
9th Fairfax 22
10th J.E.B. Stuart 21
11th James Madison 17
12th R.E. Lee – Spr 9
13th Osbourn 5

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.

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 jack@jackclark.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