RICHMOND, FEB. 27 -- David Wilderman of West Springfield at 176 pounds and Chris Maynor of Langley at 138 captured Virginia AAA state wrestling championships tonight at Arthur Ashe Center.
Great Bridge easily won the team title after five of its six finalists won state championships.
Wilderman, one of five Northern Region entrants in the finals, broke the area's losing streak at three with a workmanlike 8-4 decision over Wilfred Darang of Green Run. As in his previous two matches, Wilderman got ahead with the first takedown and maintained solid control from the top position.
Wilderman led, 2-1, after one period and hooked a cradle for three back points and a 5-1 lead after two periods. In the third period, Darang closed to 6-4, but a switch reversal gave Wilderman the 8-4 edge and he rode out the match.
Maynor (31-0) defeated defending state champion Alvin Snead of E.C. Glass, 3-1. Maynor scored a takedown with 26 seconds remaining in the first period and then a one-point escape early in the second period. Maynor pressured Snead throughout the middle period and Snead was issued a stall warning.
At 167 pounds, Herndon's Jay Troxell was defeated by Eastern Region champion Frank Matyiko of Kellam, 8-5. Troxell escaped with 1:22 left in the match to close to within 6-5, but Matyiko scored his second takedown of the match with about 30 seconds left.
Prior to that it had been a tough night for the north. At 98 pounds, Marshall's David Mule got caught in a headlock takedown and was pinned by Neal Shelby of Great Bridge at 1:44. At 126, Potomac's Scott Ruhren, second in the Northwestern Region, had trouble with the tall and lanky Steve Pitts of Western Branch and was defeated, 6-2.
Hayfield's John Watson, in the 132-pound division, suffered his first loss of the season, falling to three-time state champion Jody Jackson of Great Bridge, 5-2. It was the second straight season in which Watson lost to Jackson in the state final.
In the unlimited category, Kempsville's' Charim Strayhorn continued his amazing run through the division by pinning Woodbridge's Reggie Mincey in 3:43. Strayhorn finished fourth in the Eastern Region, but here he defeated two regional champions and two runners-up.