West Potomac won the Gunston District wrestling championship last week, the school’s first district title in the sport in 24 years.
Wolverine wrestlers placed 1st or 2nd in nine of the 14 weight classes and finished with 196 points — nearly 40 more than second place Annandale.
West Potomac’s Vernon Dudley won the 126-pound weight class, while teammate Edward Lewis took first at 138 pounds. Steven Haverstick (120), Conner Kiernan (132), Nikolas Visikides (145), Welles McHenry (152), Dylan McGee (170), Zachary Holzworth (195) and Steven Mackall (220) were all runners-up in their respective weight classes for the Wolverines.
West Potomac coach Miguel Arroyo, now in his second year as head coach after serving as an assistant for two seasons, said the team has worked hard to close the gap between the Wolverines and the other teams after a tough campaign in 2019. Arroyo said he’s also worked to build the level of interest and excitement generated by the sport closer to where it is in his native New Jersey.
“The goal for the team each year from when I was an assistant coach has been to earn a district title for West Potomac and ultimately bring more attention to the sport in the school and community,” Arroyo said.
Other individual winners from the Richmond Highway area included Hayfield’s Patrick Maglathin (113), Mount Vernon’s Donovan Miller (120), Hayfield’s Dylan Board (160) and Mount Vernon senior Anthony Mejia, who repeated as champ at 195.