W&L's Bylykbashi Earns VaSID First Team All-State Honors

W&L's Bylykbashi Earns VaSID First Team All-State Honors

FERRUM, Va. – The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its 2017 all-state wrestling teams on Friday and Washington and Lee sophomore Zach Bylykbashi (Southington, Conn. / Southington) was among those honored.

Bylykbashi earned VaSID First Team All-State honors at 133 pounds, the lone non-Division I competitor to make the first team that was comprised of wrestlers from Virginia, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion.

Bylykbashi completed his sophomore season with a 26-6 overall record.  He finished as the runner-up at the Centennial Conference Championship and placed third at the NCAA East Regional to earn a bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.  There, he finished with a 2-2 overall record, falling just one win shy of earning All-America laurels.

A VaSID Second Team All-State honoree as a rookie in 2016, Bylykbashi has twice earned Honorable Mention All-Centennial Conference honors during his career.  He will enter his junior campaign with a 60-16 overall record.

Virginia's George DiCamillo was recognized as the VaSID Wrestler of the Year and teammate Jack Mueller was named Rookie of the Year.  Tony Robie and Kevin Dresser of Virginia Tech were tabbed as the Coaches of the Year.

W&L finished the 2016-17 season with an 8-7 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the Centennial Conference.  The Generals earned their highest-ever finish in the Centennial Conference Championships with a fourth-place showing, and W&L qualified two wrestlers to the NCAA National Championship for the first time since 1987.

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