On February 8 and 9, Manzona Bryant '20 competed in the Melee on the Metro wrestling tournament in Washington, D.C. The student-athlete went 5-0 and won the championship in the 145 pound weight class. His impressive achievements include defeating a wrestler from Pennsylvania's nationally ranked Wyoming Seminary in the semifinals.
Manzona took home more than just championship -- by the coaches' vote, Manzona won the event's Outstanding Wrestler Award. Head Wrestling Coach and Director of Programs John Gordon was proud of his athlete and said Manzona is physically and mentally tough.
"Manzona possesses a special combination of athleticism, competitiveness and a very high wrestling IQ," said Gordon. "All combined, this makes him hard for opponents to handle. He is capable of scoring quickly from any position, which is rare, and puts tremendous pressure on the athletes he is competing against."
Throughout the course of the season, Manzona has fluctuated between 3rd and 1st in the National Prep, and he has consistently placed in the top three nationally. But Manzona has tough matches ahead, including the National Prep Tournament at Lehigh in Pennsylvania on February 22 and 23.
Gordon believes Manzona is up for the challenge.
"Manzona was tested in D.C. (at Melee) and he rose to the occasion in ways that everyone associated with our program and with WRA can be proud of."
Congratulations and good luck to Manzona and the entire WRA wrestling team!