FERRUM, Va. -- The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) have released the 2019 Wrestling All-State Team, and Ferrum College freshman Levi Englman has been named to the second team in the 133-pound weight class.
Virginia Tech freshman Mekhi Lewis earned Wrestler of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors after winning the NCAA Div. I title at 165 pounds in March. The Hokies' Tony Robie has been named VaSID Coach of the Year.
Eglmman posted a 33-7 overall record with nine pins in his rookie season. He won the Crytzer Open on Jan. 5 in Buena Vista, Virginia, and placed seventh at the rugged Pete Willson/Wheaton Invitational Jan. 24-25 in Wheaton, Illinois. The freshman phenom then won the NCAA Div. III Southeast Regional Feb. 22-23 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, punching his ticket to the NCAA Div. III National Championships.
At the NCAA Tournament, which Ferrum hosted March 8-9 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Englman went 4-2 with a pair of pins, including a fall over defending national champ Brock Rathbun of Wartburg College. He and teammate Mario Vasquez both earned All-America this year, becoming only the third and fourth All-Americans in Ferrum's six-year program history.
Englman is led by seventh-year Head Coach Nate Yetzer and third-year Associate Head Coach Ryan Riggs. Yetzer's team graduated six wrestlers in May, while 26 wrestlers are eligible to return for the 2019-20 season.