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