Coach Mike Moore is building quite a wrestling program in southern Chesterfield County. With all-state caliber wrestlers Blake Roulo and Josh Clark providing the leadership, the Warriors are off to a fantastic start to the 2009-2010 season.
Matoaca began the season with a dominating performance in the Colonial Heights Invitational, and then took down perennial Central District power Thomas Dale by a 56-15 count.
With building confidence, the Warriors were entered in the Gold Division of the Super H Tournament, where they drew national attention by upending Virginia Beach powerhouse Western Branch to walk away with the tournament’s top division trophy.
Snow got the best of many area teams that were entered in the Richmond Invitational, but Roulo and Clark ventured up Interstate 95 to compete in the University of Delaware’s prestigious Beast of the East Tournament. Against some of the best wrestlers anywhere, Roulo captured a third place medal, while Clark finished fourth.
In the rescheduled Richmond Invitational, the Warriors placed second to western Virginia force Franklin County.
In this past weekend’s James River Duals, the Warriors stumbled against James River in the tournament’s first match, but went on to wrestle well the rest of the way. A highlight of the weekend was Matoaca senior Frisco Villa being voted by the coaches as the winner of the “Superman Award” for his outstanding wrestling and sportsmanship.
Later this month, the Warriors are entered in Christiansburg High School’s Big Blue Tournament, where they will again face top-notch competition in preparation for the district, regional and state matches.