February 23, 2012
Westfield High senior Beau Donahue (front) captured the state title at the 152-pound weight class at last Saturday’s Virginia State Wrestling Championships, held at Robinson Secondary. Donahue, who captured the Northern Region crown two weeks ago, won all four of his state matches, including a 3-1 finals victory over senior Kevin Johnson (pictured) of Forest Park High. His three prior wins came over Matoaca’s Michael Ramos, 18-6; Orange County’s Ryan Almond, 6-4; and in the semifinals Thomas Dale High’s Alex Turley, also 6-4.
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Westfield junior gains his second straight state championship.
Winning one individual state title is an accomplishment a high school wrestler will always treasure. But winning two is an enormous feat when one considers the pressure to live up to the high expectations of a state champion and the fact that every opponent is highly motivated to defeat the best wrestler out there.
Westfield’s Donahue earns state title; Dooley of Madison and Forrest of South Lakes earn second place medals.
Three Northern Region teams – Robinson, Annandale, and Westfield High Schools – finished among the top 10 team finishers at last weekend’s Virginia State AAA Wrestling Championships, held Feb. 17-18 (Friday and Saturday) at Robinson Secondary.