FERRUM, Va. – The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its 2018 all-state wrestling teams on Wednesday and Washington and Lee junior Zach Bylykbashi (Southington, Conn. / Southington) and senior Brandon Lefore (Morgan Hill, Calif. / Ann Sobrato) were among those honored.
Both wrestlers were named to the second team and were two of just seven non-Division I athletes among the 22 wrestlers honored.
Bylykbashi was named to the all-state team for the third time in his career. He was a first team selection at 133 pounds last season and a second team honoree at 133 pounds as a first-year.
This season, Bylykbashi competed at 141 pounds and posted a 28-10 overall record. He finished as the runner-up at the Centennial Conference Championship and won his weight class at the NCAA Southeast Regional to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championship for a second straight year.
He completed the year with the third-most takedowns in program history (91) and the fifth-most wins (28). Bylykbashi will enter his senior campaign ranked second all-time at W&L for career wins with an 88-26 overall record.
Lefore earned his first career all-state honor after posting a 27-8 overall record at 174 pounds during the 2018 campaign. He was the runner-up at the Centennial Conference Championship and went 6-1 in league action to earn Honorable Mention All-Centennial Conference honors.
Lefore's win total this season was sixth-best in program history, while his 69 career wins (69-37) are tied for the eighth-most all-time.
Virginia Tech's Jared Haught was recognized as the VaSID Wrestler of the Year and teammate Hunter Bolen was named Rookie of the Year. Tony Robie of Virginia Tech was named the Coach of the Year.
Washington and Lee finished the 2018 season with a 9-6 overall record, the program's most wins in a season since 1987. W&L also produced its highest-ever placing in the Centennial Conference Championship, finishing third out of eight teams. Additionally, the Generals placed seventh out of 18 teams at the NCAA Southeast Regional.