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!

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

Denbigh Not Dinwiddie

An update.  Thanks to your help we are able to make another verified update to the illustrious record of Virginia Wrestling.  In 1993, Kyle Hathaway went to Denbigh High School not Dinwiddie.  The number of placewinners has been corrected for each school as well.

We were able to contact Kyle and he not only confirmed that he went to Denbigh, he can pronounce it correctly as well.  It’s “Den-bee”!  (Sorry, I had to ask myself).

We Found Matt Pruett

Thanks to Facts and Stats legend Mike Johnson for being the first to report that the 1993 130lb 4th place medalist, Mike Pruett went to Frank W. Cox High School.

We verified this through several sources and can report that Mike is living large at the beach these days – http://www.facebook.com/matt.pruett.7?sid=0.39291615108959377

This changes the medal count for Cox, which we’ve updated to 162. This still keeps them solidly in third place in the Eastern Region.

As our big winner, it would be nice to send Mike a copy of the book, but he already has one!  So it looks like we’ll be buying Mike lunch or some suitable food treat to enjoy.

Number of State Placers by School by Region from 1949-2013

Here are some stats to help everyone appreciate all those that came before us.  It’s a breakdown of the number of state placers by school and region from the Virginia state wrestling tournaments from 1949 to 1970 when we had one division and follows the AAA results from 1971 to 2013.  Note that this includes data from many schools that are currently A, AA or private schools. Continue reading