FUMA, Woodberry wrestlers excel at state championships

Fork Union and Woodberry Forest’s wrestling teams both put together strong performances Saturday at the VISAA state wrestling championships with the Blue Devils taking fifth while the Tigers finished sixth.


St. Christopher’s rolled to another state title.


Junior Colby O’Neil led the Blue Devils’ charge with a runner-up finish at 195 pounds. O’Neil ripped off three pins in the first 36 seconds of each match to earn a spot in the state final against Episcopal’s Will Smith. Smith earned a tech fall over O’Neil in the final.   


Lucas Yates added a fourth place finish at 113 pounds while Chris Carr took fifth at 106.


The Blue Devils also got sixth place finishes from Spencer Maloney at 160 and Javion Watson in the heavyweight class. John Meheen at 170 took home seventh place while John Gritsko and Scott Goode took eighth place at 152 and 220 respectively.


Fork Union’s Dean Hall was also named the VISAA state coach of the year.


Woodberry senior Davis Smith was the Tigers’ highest placer, taking second place at 170 pounds. Smith ripped off two pins and then won 3-1 in the semifinals to grab a spot in the final where he lost on an ultimate tiebreaker in a 4-4 overtime match to Benedictine’s Ryan Tremain.


The Tigers picked up a fourth place finish from Bill Clark at heavyweight and a trio of fifth places from Rainey O’Malley at 113, Will Thomas at 160 and Mack Daniels at 152. Tank Taghoubi took sixth overall at 126.