Virginia Wrestling Academy Results from 2019 VAWA State Championship

The Virginia Wrestling Academy (VWA) continued its march up the club rankings in the Virginia Commonwealth with an outstanding performance at the VAWA State Championship held 23-24 February at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond, VA. Only 2 years ago, the VWA started out in the spring of 2017 training in Freestyle and Greco-Roman as an advanced wrestling program with 13 dedicated wrestlers. The club has grown significantly since then under the seasoned olympic-level guidance of Head Coach Keith Wilson. Using the direct relationship with the Beginner-Intermediate wrestling level Stafford Highlanders program, the VWA has created a wrestling development pipeline for boys and girls ages 5-18 years old with the goals of growing the sport in and around Stafford County and raising the bar for wrestling ability throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Another significant contributor to this success is the symbiotic relationship the VWA has grown with the All-American Wrestling Club from Latrobe, PA. The All-American Wrestling Club has been storming the wrestling world for over 30 years under the leadership of the godfather of wrestling in western Pennsylvania, Head Coach, Rob Waller. Coach Waller’s All-American Club has produced numerous NCAA Champions and All-Americans spanning decades. These wrestlers include current dominant NCAA Champions Jason Nolf from Pennylvania State University and Chris Eddins from the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, both at the Division I and Division II levels.

Below are the 10 VWA Wrestlers (20 wrestled) who rose above the field (1,166 wrestlers) to stand on the podium at the 2019 VAWA State Championship:

Nikolas Blake 10U 84 lbs STATE CHAMPION

Nicholas Sanders 14U 77 lbs 3rd Place

Kadin Smoot 14U 106 lbs 3rd Place

Corey Bell 14U 114 lbs 4th Place

Brianna Devine Girls HS 144 lbs 4th Place

Nikolajis Heil 12U 135 lbs 5th Place

Remus Montalvo 14U 165 lbs 5th Place

Parker Trahan 14U 90 lbs 5th Place

Jack Erbe 14U 136 lbs 6th Place

Ethan Miles 12U 78 lbs 6th Place

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