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

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 –

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

1966 Steve Carlan – RE Lee NOT Washington-Lee

Folks, we have a correction!  In 1966, the official report from the state wrestling tournament lists “Carlan” as the runner up in the 138lb weight class and attending “W-L” as in Washington-Lee HS in Arlington, VA.  Thanks to the careful eye of Coach Reed from Annandale, who pointed out that Steve Carlan went to RE Lee HS in Springfield, VA.  We dug a little deeper to verify and here’s the proof – the 1966 RE Lee HS yearbook entry with the facts!

Steve Carlan

This is just why we put this book out – to establish a full and verified record of all those that have gone before us.  We need to remember and honor the past.

Please send any corrections, assertions, first names, spelling mistakes, etc. to  It is our passion to set the record straight!