Meet the 2017-18 Wrestling Team

The season has began and the Redskins Wrestling Team has had two meets already with their first home conference meet on Wednesday versus Cape Hatteras and Edenton Holmes. There is a lot of excitement for the squad this season as the age of the team is getting older. Coach Metzinger states: “most of our team has has a lot of experience and we are expecting some big things from the upperclassmen.” Two years ago the Redskins took 5 guys the NCHSAA 1A individual state tournament, which was the most the school had taken since becoming a 1A school. Last season none of the wrestlers qualified. Coach Metzinger stated: “It is not easy to qualify for the state tournament because on a given weekend you have to be one of the 4 best wrestlers in eastern North Carolina.”

With a small roster it makes it hard to compete in dual events because in the sport of wrestling, if you do not have a person in a weight class and the other team does, you give the other team 6 points.

Coach Metzinger’s comments on the roster:

“As a coaching staff we have done everything possible to get guys in our practice room. We’ve talked with parents, coaches, athletes on other teams, and at athletic banquets. Its a characteristic of the sport. It is both a team and an individual effort but each individual stand out there in front of an entire gym by themselves and has to do their part. It is a one-on-one sport where the only one responsible for the outcome is the individual. Our practices are long, physically demanding, and mentally tough. It is a combat sport and we are training our guys to win the fight, especially the ones in February.

Our roster is small, but man for man we have the toughest kids in this school. No one else would even step into the room and do what these guys do every day. Right now its even smaller than whats listed. Ryan McOwen and Wesley Mitchum are on Injured Reserve until January and a couple of other guys are beat up. If we get everyone back and separate ourselves in the weight classes, the Regional Tournament in February will be very interesting. That’s what we are training for day in and day out….to go to the state tournament and bring home a ring.”

Team goal

MHS Redskins Wrestling Roster 2017-18



David Gradeless 12

David enters his fourth year of varsity wrestling for the Redskins. He wrestled 106 (9th), 113 (10th), and 132 (11th) pound weight classes. His career record entering his senior year is 43-59 accumulating 252 team points, 23 pins, 56 takedowns, 20 escapes, and 11 reversals.


Jacob Carter 12

Jacob enters his fourth year of varsity wrestling for the Redskins. He wrestled 126 (9th), 145 (10th), and 138 (11th) pound classes. Due to an injury he saw very limited action last season. His career record entering his senior year is 33-35 accumulating 192 team points, 17 pins, 27 takedowns, 29 escapes, and 25 reversals.


Jonathan Zafra 12

Jonathan enters his fourth year of varsity wrestling for the Redskins. He wrestled 170 (9th) and 195 (10th and 11th) pound classes. His career record entering his senior year is 67-40 accumulating 400 team points, 47 pins, 63 takedowns, 54 escapes, and 58 reversals. He is looking to be the first redskin wrestler since 2011 to accumulate 100 career wins, and is 224 team points away from setting a school record. Exciting wrestler to watch as he has the ability to get out of some of the most difficult holds. Last season he defeated multiple state placers, however came up one win short of qualifying for states.



Ryan McOwen 11

Ryan enters his third year of varsity wrestling for the Redskins. He wrestled 120 (9th) and 145 (10th) pound classes. His career record entering his junior year is 35-30 accumulating 201 team points, 18 pins, 25 takedowns, 13 escapes, and 20 reversals.


William Pendleton 11

William enters his third year of varsity wrestling for the Redskins. He wrestled 145 (9th) and 160 (10th) pound classes. William has a huge heart and is the definition of a team player. The past two years he would wrestle two weight classes above his actual weight to help the team. His career record entering his junior year is 34-34 accumulating 179 team points, 9 pins, 30 takedowns, 44 escapes, and 28 reversals.


Trent Jones 11

Trent enters his second year of varsity wrestling for the Redskins. He bumped up and wrestled 152 (10th) pound class last season. In his first year ever wrestling Trent set the school record for escapes in a season with 44. His career record entering his junior year is 14-25 accumulating 78 team points, 8 pins, 24 takedowns, 44 escapes, and 7 reversals.


Wesley Mitchum 11

Wesley enters his third year of varsity wrestling for the Redskins. His freshman season he suffered a season ending back injury in the first home meet. He wrestled 145 (9th) and 170 (10th) pound classes. His career record entering his junior year is 11-16 accumulating 66 team points, 5 pins, 13 takedowns, 15 escapes, and 1 reversal.

Pete (2)

Peter Caro 11

First year wrestler.



Leo Torres 10

First year wrestler


Louden 2

Louden Schultz 9

First year wrestler.

*Photos courtesy of Left Field Photography

Coaching Staff

Coach Metzinger

Head Coach: Jimmy Metzinger

Coach Metzinger enters his fourth year as head wrestling coach at Manteo High School. He graduated from Bunn High School in 2005 where he was an All-Conference performer in wrestling and baseball. Beginning his wrestling career as a freshman he wrestled a wide range of weight classes through his career (140, 145, 160, 189). Metzinger was a 2A east regional qualifier his Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years and was a state qualifier as a Senior in the 189 lb weight class. He finished his career with an 85-67 record after finishing his senior year at 37-7. Metzinger finished his wrestling career with 448 team points, 57 career falls (30 his senior year), 84 takedowns, and 73 reversals.

Following high school Metzinger went on to play collegiate baseball at Barton College where he earned Bachelor degrees in Business Management and Mathematics graduating in 2009. In 2010 Metzinger obtained the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and obtained Titleist Performance Institute’s certification as a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. In 2011 Metzinger earned a Master of Science Degree in Biomechanics from East Carolina University.


Assistant Coach: Nicholas Fertal

Born and raised in Alexandria, VA
Graduated from MT Vernon High School class of 96
Wrestled 103, 112, 119, 130 lbs weight class’s
Enlisted into the United States Coast Guard after graduating high school in 1996.
Is still currently serving just passing 20 years in October with the USCG Maritime Security Response Team Tactical Delivery Team out of Chesapeake, VA.
Enters his second year as an assistant coach at Manteo High.

Casey Winstead

Assistant Coach: Casey Winstead

 Coach Casey Winstead enters his fourth year as an assistant wrestling coach at MHS.



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