The Wrestling team welcomed back several strong wrestlers this season and added some great new talent to the JV and Varsity rosters. This season was all about developing solid technique and exposing the team to a wider range of teams across the region to prepare for the post season competition.
The JV team had some strong tournaments this season, most notably at Powhatan’s Arrowhead Invitational, where they took 2nd place and had 7 wrestlers medal at this event.
The Varsity team kicked off the season with a first place team win at York Duals and maintained that momentum throughout the season by consistently having wrestlers make it to the podium every week. They showed up well at the Conference 3 Championship by placing 2nd with 12 wrestlers advancing to the 6A South Regional tournament. Despite some very tough competition, we had 4 wrestlers medal at this event. Tristan Walls, Ronzo Lee, Ben Mellor and Josh Garber were all Regional Placers. Ben and Josh earned a spot to represent James River at the VHSL 6A State Championships. Ben ended his season as first time State Qualifier and Josh received All State honors by placing 5th in his weight class.
We say good bye to a few seniors this year and wish them well as they pursue their endeavors beyond high school. Wrestlers: Josh Garber, Clay Schilling, Chris Valladeres and Michael Hadfield. Managers: Sarah Sandridge, Claire Wilt and Olivia Luffara. They will be missed, but we have built a great base and will have several strong returning wrestlers next year and welcome new members to join the team.
Thanks to Coaches Dunn, Wilhelm, Trainer Jess and the Team Managers for their support this year. I’m proud of the team and what they have accomplished both on and off the mat. Go Rapids!