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Middlesex’s Simon Urban wins state wrestling championship

The Middlesex High School wrestling team finished 12th in the State Group A Meet last weekend at Salem Civic Center. Pictured above are, from left, assistant coach Will Moore, head coach Joel Anderson, Chad Page (front, kneeling), Stephan Skelton, Devante Robertson, state champion Simon Urban, Ridge Ellis, Enrique Gonzalez, assistant coach Wayne Mount and Elijah Fomin.

Chargers finish 12th; six earn All-State honors

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School wrestling team finished 12th out of 26 teams in the Virginia Group A State Championships in Salem last weekend.

Rural Retreat High School in Wythe County won the team title with 162.5 points. Middlesex had 58 points.

Simon Urban became the first wrestler in Middlesex High School history to win an individual state championship. A German foreign exchange student, Urban won in the 132-pound weight class, defeating all his opponents and winning the gold medal. “Simon taking first just put the icing on the cake for a fantastic season,” said MHS coach Joel Anderson.

Others to place and earn All-State honors were Enrique Gonzalez, who finished fourth in the 113-pound class; Ridge Ellis, fifth in the 138-pound class; Stephen Skelton, fifth in the 220-pound class; Elijah Fomin, sixth in the 120-pound class; and Devante Robertson, sixth in the 145-pound class. 

“Our whole team did an amazing job,” said Coach Anderson.

“I only bring this up to let our community know how tough these kids are,” continued Anderson. “Not only are they tough, they are great kids. The coach from Mathews, Tom Holiday, told me a story that happened while one of our kids was wrestling and I feel it needs to be shared. A cancer patient was trying to get to the lower level in the stands to watch her child wrestle, and all the seats were taken. When the building security told her she couldn’t sit on the stairs and to go find another seat, one of our young men told the woman she could have his seat! These are the kind of fine young people we have in this community and for that I thank all of you.”

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posted 02.26.2014

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