All boarding, grades 9-12 in Alexandria, Virginia
Wrestlers On the Rise
Head Coach Steve Castle
Maroon wrestlers turned in their finest state-championship performance since 2015, placing ninth out of 29 teams at the VISAA tournament this weekend in Richmond. William Smith ’19 took first in the 195-pound class, claiming Episcopal’s first state championship since 2011.
Despite missing two starters, Episcopal had eight of nine wrestlers score team points. Three earned medals by placing in the top eight of their weight class. William was dominant throughout the tournament, reaching the finals with three first-period pins and then winning in the finals with a 15-0 technical fall, turning his opponent four different times.
Also placing for the Maroon were Max Meyer ’20 (2nd, at 220 pounds) and Bear Matheson ’20 (7th, at 182 pounds). Max also reached the finals with three straight pins. Bear had his best performance as an Episcopal wrestler, going 3-2 with three first-period pins.
Chineme Agulanna ’20 capped his second season by coming within one win of placing and losing close bouts to the eventual 5th and 7th place finishers.
Jay Kim ’19 came within a match of placing and earned six points for the Maroon with a pin in consolation round three. Meanwhile, Ray Kang ’19 also had his best performance of the season as he went 3-2 with two pins and came within a match of placing. After a first-period fall in consolation round 2, Ray won his 2nd overtime match of the his season, this time getting a reversal right as time ran out to win in the first tie-breaker.
Nick Carosi ’22, again competing in one of the deeper weight classes, lost two close decisions, one by four points to the eventual seventh-place wrestler, and the other in sudden victory to a senior from Bishop Ireton. Nick ended his season with 18 wins, fourth-highest ever by a freshman.
Hays Talley ’21, competing in his first year, went 3-2, including a pin and a major decision in the consolations.
When Esther Kim ’19 left her small, predominantly white town in western Tennessee to attend Episcopal, she says she had little sense of what diversity means, or of its importance. Yet four years later, her work to make diversity a focus at EHS has earned her a Certificate of Accomplishment from the prestigious Princeton Prize in Race Relations.