Matoaca Wrestling is your 5A South Region Champions, coming from behind on day one to surpass Kellam and Princess Anne High Schools en route to the regional championship. The Warriors edged Princess Anne for first by a count of 176.5- 172.5. Great Bridge finished third with 163 points.
“The team came together in the end and pulled off the comeback win,” explained Matoaca wrestling assistant coach Jonn White. “This is the same attitude we have to take to the state tournament next weekend if we plan on winning the school’s first state championship.”
Dylan Schuster (113), Kyle Gordon (138), Neal Richards (145), and Anthony Helm (285) took home individual championships in their weight classes, while Brandon Woody (106) and Adam Wilmer (126) also qualified for the state tournament.
Thomas Dale had a good showing in the 6A South Region tournament with Corey Leonard (138) taking home an individual championship. Thus far, the junior, is 37-1 this year, and improved to 104-2 in his career at Thomas Dale. Leonard has spent the much of the year ranked as the No. 1 wrestler in his weight class. Pallas English (160) placed third in the region, while Johnathan Daniels (170) placed sixth in the region. Leonard and English move onto state.
For L.C. Bird, Khalil Kimbrough (170) finished fifth in the region while Hunter Hamilton (160) finished sixth. Hamilton, a junior, will look to qualify for states next season. Kimbrough, a first-year wrestler, certainly had a standout campaign for a newcomer.
Results for the Meadowbrook combatants were not received as of press time. Shammah Waller (170), Jonathan Argueta (152) and Maurice Thrower (220) were among Meadowbrook’s participants in regionals.