A two-time individual state champion at Loudoun County High School and an NCAA Division II champion at Limestone College, Dan Scanlan opened the Sterling-based Scanlan Wrestling Academy in 2016.
“The big picture goal is to prepare young people for life. Give them resilience, focus, patience and teach them how to succeed at anything,” Scanlan said. “I see wrestling as just practice for that. I grew up in wrestling and I believe that it is a very effective method to prepare for the challenges of life.”
A year after winning a state championship as a team, Scanlan Wrestling Academy competitors delivered another solid performance at the 2021 Virginia Wrestling Association state tournament.
“There was a big wrench in the engine obviously with the pandemic,” Scanlan said of the past year. “We were able to get most of our consistent wrestlers back on the mat and competing … Our boys and our girls showed up and really performed well.”
Scanlan Wrestling Academy finished first in the 14U division and third in both the 10U division and the overall girls division to earn a runner-up finish as a team.
Maddie Little, Taya Brattelli, Ari Brattelli, Alyssa Landrum, Johnny Brattelli and Mitch Chen each finished first for SWA in their respective divisions.
Landon Quinones and Robert Kucharczk both placed second individually, while Dexter Galofaro, Bryce Schnelzer, Lincoln Kelley, Kai Lewis, Cole Wilson and Shoei Griffin wrestled to third-place finishes.
Cruz Little, Justin Lowery and Cason Kelley each finished fourth, Leo Badolato and Josh Kim placed fifth, and Bryan Johnson and Bryson Rios claimed sixth place.
“We have a very dedicated group of parents and wrestlers,” said Scanlan, who also praised the SWA coaching staff. “They are very supportive, very enthusiastic, very hard working. They make it all happen.”