VISAA wrestling state quarterfinals qualifiers

The VISAA held its preliminary state championship matches today and several local wrestlers managed to advance to the state’s quarterfinal round which will be held Saturday. Here’s a look at who got through.




The Eagles got a trio of wrestlers into the state tournament. At 132 pounds, Zach Scharf advanced on a bye in the opening round and a 6-3 decision in the second round. He’ll face Miles Edmond of North Cross who advanced on a bye and a 13-3 major decision over Blue Ridge’s Jose Espinoza, who won his first round match by pin.


At 145 pounds, Jack Veliky advanced to the quarterfinals on a bye and a 9-4 decision. He’ll face Trevor Hayes of Paul VI Saturday.


In the heavyweight class, Rick Weaver is in the quarterfinals after a bye, at 44-2 on the year the freshman didn’t have to wrestle his way into the quarterfinals. He’ll face Matthew Keller of Pope John Paul in the quarterfinals.


Woodberry Forest


Woodberry’s Andrew Holmes, a senior, advanced to the quarterfinals on a bye and a second period pin of Hargrave’s Rob Englander.


Freshman Davis Smith advanced to the quarterfinals at 160 pounds with a bye a first period pin of Roanoke Catholic’s Jacob Elliott. He’ll take on Fork Union’s Jonathan Muniz.


At heavyweight, senior Darby Henagan advanced to the quarterfinals with a pin in the third period. He’ll face Shaheem Alpharan of Fishburne who beat Travis Gibson of Fork Union to advanced.


Fork Union


Jonathan Muniz, a junior for the Blue Devils, advanced to the semifinals with a 12-8 decision against Covenant’s John Huemme. Muniz will face Woodberry’s Davis Smith in the quarterfinals.