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Medalists at the Super State tournament at Virginia Beach Field House pose with their awards.
By: Marc Davis
Posted at 12:33 AM, Mar 15, 2023
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (WTKR)- It throws classifications out the window and throws wrestlers into a bracket all together to decide superiority.
We're talking about Super States, a tournament put on by Virginia Challenge Wrestling. This allows wrestlers from all across the commonwealth to put their skills to the test against other top competitors in the state. While the VHSL state tournaments are broken down into six classifications, this event puts everybody in each weight class in the same bracket.
Up to 32 wrestlers could compete in each weight class with the top four receiving medals. A total of 744 participants took part in the event that took place on Saturday and Sunday at the Virginia Beach Field House.
Super States also partners with the US Marines , which has representatives on-hand to help present medals and assist.
Mayor Bobby Dyer and the Virginia Challenge Board with past Presidents
Frank Lipoli Recognizing the UMC Sponsorship and Support
2023 VACW All High School State Individual State Champs
The Mayor's Proclamation Day for the VACW
Great Neck WC-Grade level State Club Champions
Mayor Bobby Dyer recognizing the VACW and proclaiming March 11, 20223 VA Challenge Day
USMC Pull Up Challenge
NOVA Wrestling Club All High School State Champs
Steve Crocker Receives the Annual Colin and Anna Baker Award at Virginia Duals
Patch provided as part of the awards for Grade Level States
The Virginia Wrestling Community would like to congratulate Frank Lipoli (VACW Executive Director) for being Honored as an Inductee to the 2022 Hampton Roads Hall Of Fame. His years of selfless work and dedication to promoting wrestling events in southeastern Virginia has been honored as a new 2022 Hall of Fame Member. Frank is the Father of the VACW National Holiday Duals which is the Top National Dual Event for Middle School and Elementary School. Multiple participants in the Holiday Duals have gone on to become college All Americans , Olympic Team Members, Olympic and International Champions. Many of these outstanding wrestlers did not even go undefeated at this event. That is the type of competition that attends the Holiday Duals which Frank laid the foundation for.
Virginia Challenge is Proud Sponsor to be a major sponsor for the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Ken Berger with the Colin and Anna Baker Award 2021
Ken Whitley 2020 Colin and Anna Baker Award
Social injustice is wrong and contrary to the inclusive nature of wrestling. USA Wrestling’s mission is to provide quality opportunities for its members to achieve their full athletic and human potential. Recent tragedies in our nation compel us to do more and do it better. We stand with our African American and black communities and all of the diverse people who are part of our sport. We will focus our actions on how we can drive change against unjust treatment, police brutality, and systematic racism that is plaguing our nation and world. We need to come together now and use our voice, platform, and actions to help create the kind of society that reflects our values. By its nature, wrestling can be the most inclusive sport on earth. Anyone can wrestle and everyone is welcome. When we hit the mat, we are all part of one wrestling family.