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.

The list of NFL football players who were wrestlers is long and illustrious, but what Virginia wrestlers went on to the pros?  Folks, we’re going to need your help here.  Please comment with the names and schools of any wrestlers you know that went pro.

Here’s a few to get us started:

The 1968 Miami Dolphins featured not one but two Virginia high school state wrestling champions:

1962 165 1st Bill Darnall Wakefield
1961 175 1st Frank Emanuel Warwick

Frank Emanuel was a two-time finalist finishing 2nd at HWT in 1962.  See here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Emanuel

Miami Dolphins Pick Bill Darnall

Miami Dolphins Pick Bill Darnall

I know there are many others.  Send in the names of your Virginia wrestlers that went pro to info@vachamps.com and we’ll post a complete list.

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