Waldhauser excited for University of Virginia

By: Matt Long
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By earning three medals at the state wrestling tournament during his four years at Oak Ridge, Vinny Waldhauser earned the Outstanding Career Male Athlete award at the school. Waldhauser placed second in the state tournament his junior and senior years at 160 pounds and earned a seventh-place medal at 145 pounds as a sophomore. As a freshman he was one win away from advancing to the state tournament. Waldhauser also helped Oak Ridge win a league title as a freshman and as sophomore, he and Kyle West, Kavon Tillotson, Nick Rohrer and Joey Pacific scored enough points to help the Trojans place 11th at the state tournament. His career record is 183 wins and 27 losses and he recorded 123 of those wins by pin. For his efforts, Waldhauser earned a full scholarship to attend and wrestle at the University of Virginia. Looking back on his high school career, Waldhauser learned a big lesson. “High school was a great learning experience for me,” Waldhauser said. “I learned that hard work pays off. My best memory is winning the match that got me into the medal round as a sophomore. Making the finals at the Ironman Tournament this year was big, and I will always remember hanging out with my teammates. That’s always fun.” Oak Ridge wrestling coach Casey Rhyan is proud of his top wrestler. “In terms of this award, three state medals and being ranked No. 2 in the nation, no one’s been at that level in any sport at Oak Ridge,” Rhyan said. “When he was a freshman I never would have thought he’d go this far, because a lot of things need to fall into place for that to happen.” Rhyan said that in the Amateur Wrestling News magazine, Waldhauser was a second-team All-American, one of only 10 California wrestlers to make the team. Since the season has ended, Waldhauser’s family has moved to Montana. He heads for Virginia on July 5. “It’s going to be an adventure,” Waldhauser said of his time at UVA. “I hope I’m successful.”