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!

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One thought on “Updates to History of Virginia Wrestling

  1. Your E-Mail address to send corrections: info@vachamps.com does NOT work? Tried to send you the the full listing of finishers for 1963 but the email bounced. For many years the Official Collegiate – Scholastic Wrestling Guide which was the official rule book for the sport also included the results of All the State High School Wrestling Tournaments. I attached to the bounced email the pages with the Virginia results for 1963. I notice my name was misspelled in it with an “e” instead of an “i” at the end of my name. I placed 3rd that year at 145 defeating the previous year’s 138 State Champion, Bruce Boyd from Norview, but losing to George Radman from Granby who went on to be the 1967 National Champion out of Michigan State.

    I suggest you might want to look for the Guide for other years to fill out your VA State Tournament list.

    v/r
    COL RON DABBIERI, US Army (Ret)

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