Christiansburg High School had won 17 consecutive state championships dating back to 2002.

But New Kent ended their run of dominance Saturday, edging out the defending state title holders 200.5 to 190 and claiming the Class 3 state championship.

Last season, New Kent finished fifth with 102.5 points while Christiansburg amassed 258. It was quite the turnaround in 2019, and a number of new wrestlers engineered the New Kent's improvement.

A freshmen class consisting of 19 wrestlers helped New Kent flip the script in 2019.

The two schools went head-to-head in multiple title matches. New Kent’s Evan Holloway secured the 113-pound weight class title with a 4-2 decision win over Luke Robie of Christiansburg.

Dominic Baker captured the 126-poiund title with his 6-4 decision victory over Christiansburg’s Garrett Kuchan. Nicholas Vafiadas won the 132-pound class, a 7-2 decision over Zoitos Carayiannis of Brentsville District.

New Kent had a competitor place in the top six in 10 of 13 weight classes.

Hopewell finished in 21st place with 26.5 points, just ahead of Armstrong with 24. Petersburg came in 27th with 18, and Colonial Heights placed 30th with 9. Hopewell’s Jacen Fowlkes placed second in the 170-pound division.


Team scores: 1. New Kent 200.5 2. Christiansburg 190 3. Brentsville District 122.5 4. Skyline 112.5 5. York 89.5 6. Abingdon 87.5 7. Brookville 84 8. Warren County 77 9. Turner Ashby 72.5 10. Cave Spring 69

Local teams: 21. Hopewell 26.5 22. Armstrong 24 … 27. Petersburg 18 … 30. Colonial Heights 9

Finals: 113: Holloway (New Kent) dec. Robie (CHRI) 42; 126: Baker (New Kent) dec. Kuchan (CHRI) 6-4; 132: Vafiadis (New Kent) dec. Carayiannis (BD) 7-2

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