Bryan Helgaas Whitt
Bryan Helgaas Whitt (born June 3, 1991, Norfolk, Virginia) is a scholastic wrestler and the only high school wrestler in Virginia wrestling history to win five state championships (four VISAA private school Virginia State Championships and one VHSL AAA public school championship). He holds the Virginia state record for wins at 237. His career total of 166 pins in high school competition earned him a number seven spot on Wrestling USA Magazine’s national “Most Falls” list. He was ranked in the national top ten during his scholastic wrestling career (2005-2010) and was undefeated for five years in dual match competition (including his eighth-grade season when he wrestled on the high school varsity team).
Whitt wrestled for Norfolk Academy, Norfolk, Virginia from eighth grade through his junior year, transferring to Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for his senior year in 2010. Cox High School won the Virginia AAA state championship that year.
Whitt’s high school wrestling career began at Norfolk Academy, where he set all-time Norfolk Academy wrestling records for state championships, wins, and pins. By the end of his junior year at Norfolk Academy, he was a four-time VISAA state champion, and a three-time Lehigh National Prep All-American, placing fifth in his freshman year at 103 lbs., fifth as a sophomore at 112 lbs., and second as a junior at 112 lbs., defeating returning, nationally-ranked wrestler Pat Prada of DeMatha Catholic High School, Hyattsville, Maryland, in the semifinals.
As a junior at Norfolk Academy, Whitt was recognized by Sports Illustrated's “Faces in the Crowd” (March 30, 2009), for being named most outstanding wrestler at the VISAA state tournament after pinning all four of his opponents in the 112-pound class within the first minute of each match. Sports Illustrated highlighted a move Whitt invented with a link to his National Prep quarterfinal match. He finished his junior season 48-1 with 38 pins.
Whitt transferred to Frank W. Cox High School for his senior year. At the time, he was ranked sixth nationally in his weight class by Wrestling USA Magazine and he was ranked number one in the Southeast by Lee Roper’s Southeastern High School Rankings (Oct. 16, 2009). Following his senior season, Whitt was ranked the number four (125 lb.) wrestling recruit in the United States by Wrestling USA Magazine (Sept. 15, 2010).
National and interstate wrestling results
- Three-time Lehigh National Prep All-American
- Hopewell Classic 2009 winner, defeating nationally ranked FILA champion Brandon Jeske in the final.
- Undefeated at 2009 Virginia Duals where he beat two-time New Jersey State Champion, Robert Deutsch.
- Defeated three-time New York State Champion Nick Arujau, 10-0 at 2008 Super 32.
National scholastic wrestling rankings
- Repeatedly ranked in the top ten nationally at his weight.
- Started senior year ranked #1 in the Southeast by Lee Roper’s Southeastern High School Rankings, Oct. 16, 2009.
- Started senior year ranked #6 nationally among 119 lb. high school wrestlers, Wrestling USA, 2009.
- Named to Wrestling USA scholastic All-American Academic Team (GPA 3.74), Wrestling USA, 2010.
- Ranked #4 college wrestling recruit in the nation at 125 lb., Wrestling USA, Sept. 9, 2010.
- Ranked #7 for all-time total career pins (166), Wrestling USA, 2011.
Virginia state-wide results and awards
- Only Virginia wrestler to win five state high school wrestling championships.
- Set all-time Virginia high school records for total wins and pins: 237 wins with 166 pins. Virginia Wrestling Association, “100 Wins Club,” (2010).
- Bryan and his brother, Taylor, (3 state championships) together won eight state high school wrestling championships; an all-time Virginia record for two brothers.
- Undefeated for five years in dual match competition.
- Received Norfolk Sports Club Kirk Montague Memorial Award as the “top high school wrestler” in Tidewater, Virginia, (all weights) following his senior year at Cox High School.
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