FERRUM — Ferrum College freshman wrestler Levi Englman has earned second team All-State honors for the 2018-19 season by a vote of the Virginia Sports Information Directors.
The team includes representatives from NCAA Division I, Division III and independent schools.
Unlike most sports in which a University Division (Division I schools) team and a College Division (NCAA Division II, III and independent schools) squad are chosen, such is not the case with wrestling.
Englman, a two-time state champion during his prep career at Colonial Forge, won the Division III Southeast Region championship at 133 pounds and placed seventh in his weight class at the Division III nationals, which were contested at the Berglund Center in Roanoke in March.
Englman won 39 bouts this past season and earned All-America honors.
Englman was one of three Ferrum wrestlers who qualified for the national championships.
The only other Division III wrestlers to earn first or second-team honors were Rexx Hallyburton of Washington and Lee University at 184 pounds and Brandon Woody of Averett University at 141 pounds.
Englman is the ninth Ferrum wrestler honored since 2014. The others are Justin Zimmerman (2014), Nick Rodriguez (2015), Paul Biggs (2016), Tate Dulany (2016, 2017), Logan Meister (2016, 2017), Zach Beckner (2017), Blake Rosenbaum (2017) and Andrew Tolbert (2018).
Of that group, Rodriguez (197 pounds) is the only first-team choice, while Meister (157 pounds) and Dulany (285) are the only two-time honorees.
Apprentice (independent) wrestler Kolin Johnson earned first-team laurels at 133 pounds and a teammate Chad Simmons was a second-team choice at 157 pounds.
Virginia Tech redshirt freshman Mekhi Lewis is the Wrestler of the Year, Rookie of the Year and a first-team honoree at 165 pounds.
Lewis won the NCAA Division I national championship in his weight class and was voted the national tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Lewis also captured the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship in his weight class.
Lewis was 28-2 and finished 5-0 in ACC duals. In the NCAA finals, he bested two-time reigning national champion Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State.
Lewis is Virginia Tech’s first national champion in wrestling.
Hokies head coach Tony Robie is the Coach of the Year. He led his squad to an 11th-place finish in the national tournament, a second-place showing in the ACC tournament and to a victory in the 2019 Virginia Duals where Virginia Tech defeated Chattanooga, Old Dominion and Virginia en route to the championship.
Virginia Tech wrestlers Mitch Moore (141 pounds), David McFadden (174 pounds) and Zack Zavatsky (184 pounds) earned first-team accolades and Ryan Blees (149 pounds), Tom Sleigh (197 pounds) and Billy Miller (285 pounds) were second-team honorees.
Also selected to the first team were Jack Mueller (125 pounds) and Jay Aiello (197 pounds) of Virginia, Larry Early (157 pounds) of Old Dominion and Tejon Anthony (149 pounds) and Matthew Voss (285 pounds) of George Mason.
Also chosen to the second team were Colston DiBasi (165 pounds) of George Mason and Neal Richards (174 pounds) of Virginia Military Institute (VMI).