Thursday, February 11, 2016

Woodberry Forest School vs. Episcopal High School

                 "The Dual"
Kent Walker '18
      Last Tuesday, February 2, the Woodberry Forest Tigers hosted the EHS Maroons in what is being increasingly labeled and called by many as 'The Dual.'  This was the final home match for Woodberry seniors-Andrew Holmes, Keeling Wood, Roy Toston, Jackson Case, Darby Henagan- and in front of one of the best crowds all season long, the Tigers did not disappoint and came away with a resounding 60-14 victory against the school's rivals.
Andrew Holmes '16

Roy Toston '16
        Wins for the Tigers came early in the match and continued throughout the entirety of the whole meet.  After drawing for the beginning weight class prior to the meet, the dual match began at 182 lbs. with Clayton Astore who lead the team off with a victory by decision, 4-3. EHS recieved their first win of the night with their 195 lb. wrestler over the Tiger's Clayton Noyes, dropping a decision 5-2.  That win would be the last for EHS for quite some time as Woodberry won the next 8 matches (Sy Duke, Mack Daniels, Dominic Pinion, and Will Harris all accepting forfeits) with Jackson Case, Darby Henagan, Catesby Jones, and Will Medick winning their matches. Kent Walker wrestled well against a tough opponent but ended up losing by fall. Andrew Holmes and Keeling Wood claimed the next two victories for the Tigers, and both by pins! Roy Toston was the last to wrestle in 'The Dual' after being off of the mat due to a concussion which lasted multiple weeks. Although Roy lost by a technical fall, it is great to have him back and competing again!

              The energy in the room was incredible and hearing everyone cheer for the Tigers was at an all time high! It was a fantastic atmosphere and the entire team truly appreciated everyone's enthusiasm and support throughout the entire dual match! The Tigers looked impressive and wrestled at an optimistic level entering tournament season.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

VA Prep Duals

                  On January 30, the Woodberry Forest wrestling team travelled to St. Christopher's in Richmond, Virginia to compete in the Virginia Prep Duals against five other teams in five consecutive dual meets. Here, Woodberry went face to face with St/ Christopher's, Norfolk Academy, Covenant, Benedictine, and Norfolk Collegiate.  Throughout the day the Tigers wrestled challenging teams collecting a day's record of 2 wins, 3 losses.
The night before the VA Prep Duals, Woodberry spent the evening at dinner and then a movie.
                 St. Christopher's School was the first team to meet Woodberry Forest out on the mat. Going into this dual meet, the Tigers knew that defeating St. Christopher's was not going to easy. Woodberry Forest began the day with a tough dual meet loss finishing 69-6 against the Saints earning only one victory at the hands of team captain Darby Henagan.
                 Determined to come back after this, Woodberry would wrestle Norfolk Academy. Early forfeiting two weight closes the Tigers would not let this hold them back from victory. Beginning with the momentum of team captain Andrew Holmes second round win, the team went on to win four back to back matches each from pin amassing a 48-33 victory.

                 Feeding off of the dual meet win over Norfolk Academy, Woodberry would then face Covenant. Back and forth, both teams exchanged almost alternating individual wins and losses.
Although the team ended with an upsetting loss at 285, Woodberry still overcame Covenant 37-36. The last two teams that Woodberry wrestled were Benedictine and Norfolk Collegiate. Woodberry would wrestle well against both Benedictine and Norfolk Collegiate. Unfortunately the overall score did not represent the accomplishments achieved by individual wrestlers as Benedictine would defeat WFS 76-0 and Norfolk Collegiate narrowly escaped with a victory of 35-30.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

        The Woodberry Forest wrestling team competed in the Atlee Raider Duals on Saturday December 19th in Richmond. As the school returned home for Winter Break, Woodberry Wrestlers stayed behind practicing in preparation for the Atlee Raider Duals.  
Friday December 18, the team took a trip to Short Pump Mall in Richmond for Christmas Shopping
Left- Will Harris '17,  Jackson Case '16, Roy Toston '16, Davis Smith '19 

         The Tigers participated in five dual meets against Atlee, Prquoson, Matoaca, Chancellor, and N. Stafford. Kent Walker '18 had one of his best weekends of the season so far and produced 4 pins for the Tigers.  Keeling Wood '16 was another standout for the team and had 3 pins, finishing up 4-1 on the day.  Andrew Holmes '16 and Roy Toston '16 continue wrestle at a high level in the middle of the lineup for the Tigers, Andrew wrestled to a 4-1 record and Roy matched that as well, pinning 3 opponents on to a 4-1 record on the day. Jackson Case '16 had a breakout performance for his weekend as well, earning 2 pins and finishing up with a 3-2 record. Darby Henagan '16 continues to dominate his opponents in the heavyweight division week in and week out, pinning 4 of his opponents and receiving a forfeit, ending the weekend with a perfect 5-0 record. The Tigers finished the day with a solid 3-2 record. Each member of the team had good matches throughout the day and there were many highlights from the team during the tournament. Overall the team wrestled well and proved to be moving closer towards success this February!

Woodberry Forest after a long day at the Atlee Raider Duals

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


The Tiger wrestling team participated in the 'Opening Day at the Park'/Forest Park Duals this past weekend.  It was a 12 team dual meet tournament with most of the public schools hailing from northern Virginia.  The wrestlers did a great job for their first tournament of the year and continued to make great strides each and every time they stepped on the mat.  It was great to get back on the mat and get our first competition under our belt.
The team will be participating in the Richmond Invitational Tournament this upcoming weekend, held at Hermitage High School in Richmond Virginia.  Wrestling will begin at 6pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday.  Come out and cheer on the Tigers this weekend!
The address of the school is located below:

            Hermitage High School             
            8301 Hungary Spring Road      

            Richmond, VA 23228    

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Forest Park Duals Dec 4th and 5th 2015

This Friday and Saturday the varsity wrestlers will be competing at the Forest Park Duals, Dec 4th and 5th.  The tournament is scheduled to begin at 6pm on Friday and noon Saturday due to the SAT's. being given.  We are excited to get the season started with our first competition this weekend as the boys have been working hard this season.  The address of the tournament is:
Forest Park HS
15721 Forest Park Dr
Woodbridge VA 22193
Come out and support the Tiger wrestling team!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Congratulations Duke Pickett, Jr.

Duke Pickett, Jr. ('11) was a 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championship qualifier.  The National tournament was held in St. Louis this year.  Duke is the 174lb starter with the Cornell University Wrestling Team.   We are all so proud of you and your accomplishments as a student athlete!  Keep up the great work!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Congratulations to the Budlong Family

Please join us in congratulating Coach David Budlong and his wife Janice on the birth of their first son!
Welcome Baby Budlong!