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State Wrestling Champ Henry Kopf ’23 Competes at Prep National
A collage of photos showing Henry Kopf wrestling and holding his MVP trophy

At left, Henry wrestles opponents at the National Prep Wrestling Championship; at right, Henry holds the trophy for team MVP, awarded on March 9.

Ravenscroft wrestler Henry Kopf ’23 competed in the 86th National Prep Wrestling Championship, held at The Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, on Feb. 25-26.

The tournament was just one week after Henry won the NCISAA State Championship at 120 lbs. following a strong showing by the team at the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference Championship on Thursday, Feb. 11, at Cary Academy. Six Ravenscroft wrestlers including Henry earned conference championships in their weight class, with three more finishing as runners-up. The team came in second overall in the conference.

Kopf lost his first match at Preps to the #9 seed, Sulayman Bah of Pennsylvania. He returned to the mat to defeat Aaron Stanger of Massachusetts by first-period pin. In his final match, Kopf lost to Robert Pavelek, the #10 seed from the Hill School in Pennsylvania.

View the National Prep bracket for more results.

Head wrestling coach Garrett Cummings said, “It is always an honor to take wrestlers to the prestigious National Prep tournament. Henry has now gone twice and will look next year to be the first three-time qualifier of my coaching tenure. The 120-pound bracket was just loaded with nationally recognized talent, and it was a growth opportunity for Henry to compete with those guys. He has made incredible strides between last season and this one, and if that growth trajectory continues, I like his chances of getting on the podium next season.”

Henry agreed. “It would be wonderful to keep on growing and watch myself improve in the future,” he said. “With the help I get from my teammates and my coaches, I am sure I will be able to make it through the season and improve my skills.”

Henry was also recognized, at the Varsity Sports Awards, as the team’s Most Valuable Player. Read about that and other awards here.