Sophomore Brandon Woody left his mark at Matoaca High School with three state championships and went on to wrestle in college.
He previously wrestled at 106 pounds, but Woody has moved up to the 141-pound class at Averett University in Danville. Woody excelled during the first week of the new year, taking home a championship at an invitational.
At the Jim Crytzer Invitational on Jan. 5, Woody won his opening round match 5-1, and then pinned West Virginia Tech University’s Tanner Harris to move to the semifinal round. Woody then used the strength of four takedowns to take down Logan Robertson of WVTU before beating Mario Vasquez of Ferrum College, 9-4, on a reversal to take the title.
The win for Woody was his tenth straight and ran his impressive record to 25-4.
Blake Roula, one of Matoaca High’s most dominant athletes in a program with a strong tradition, is an assistant coach at Averett. Roulo wrestled at George Mason University in Fairfax.