Jonathan Zafra signs letter of intent to wrestle at St Andrews University

Jonathan Zafra signs to continue his wrestling career at St. Andrews University where he will be competing for the 174 or 184lb weight classes.

Coach Metzinger comments on Jonathan Zafra:

“Zafra and I came in together in the Manteo Wrestling Club 4 years ago and I am very proud of watching him grow and learn the sport from year to year. We spent a lot of time together and got him to buy into living in the weight room. I remember his freshman year he could not do a single pullup. In four years we recorded a total of 9,300 miles on the bus going to events, a lot of blood, sweat, injuries, and tough times. For a lot of his career Zafra and I were practice partners where he would attempt low leg singles all the time beating my knees to death. As all coaches do we act invinsible until they all leave and deal with the aftermath. Zafra’s freshman year he wrestled 170lbs and finished 11-10, sophomore year 24-21, junior year 32-9, and senior year was 25-10 giving him a career record of 92-50. Statistically his best year was his junior year, but wrestling is a funny sport. Its not about numbers or what seed you are, its how much heart do you have and not wrestling scared to lose when you get into the post season. His one goal was to get to 100 wins in his career. We had a terrible winter with many cancelled meets due to weather and other reasons preventing him from getting to that magic mark. In January I challenged him to refocus and set a new goal on something he can control, and that was getting on the podium. His senior year he entered the 1A East Regional Tournament as the #7 seed. He defeated the #10, #2, #3, #4 seeds. He earned his way to Regional Champion. In Greensboro at the State Championships he overcame the bright lights and gave the Manteo Wrestling Club the first wrestler in 8 years to wrestle for the state title. Zafra defeated the West #2 and West #4, however came up short in the title match against the West #3.

Overall Jonathan has a lot to be proud of. He not only participated in the most physically and mantally demanding sport for 4 years, but he also put himself among the top in the 1A division, towards the top in Manteo Wrestling Club History, and I believe is the first Manteo wrestler to continue his career in college since Boring graduating in 2006.”

Jonathan Zafra’s ranking in the Manteo Wrestling Club All Time Records

Single Season Records

#4 Team Points – 190

#4 Pins – 25

#5 Escapes – 30

#6 Reversals – 26

Individual Career Records

#3 Team Points 482

#4 Reversals 71

#4 Escapes 69

#5 Career Pins 59


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.


Manteo Wresting Team Opens Season at Pierce Davis Invitational

The 2017-18 Redskins Wrestling Team started their season off with the Pierce Davis Invitational Tournament at North Pitt High School. Manteo finished 19th out of 21 schools at the tournament.

Coach Metzinger’s comments following the tournament:

“The first competition of the year always starts off with a lot of unknowns. Had a few guys competing in their first every tournament and veterans that we wanted to see how well they competed. We had some good performances by William, Trent, and Louden. Congrats to Louden for getting his first high school victory!

Coach Nick Fertal has come in and implemented a system into our program called the Big 100. As a coaching staff we want our wrestlers comfortable on our feet. We want to be offensive and attack. But if our opponents tries to take us down, we want to make them pay. Overall I was happy with how we looked on our feet for the 1st time out of the practice room. Monday we have some things to correct but the #Sk1nsMentality was there.

It’s going to be an interesting season for us. Ryan and Wesley are on injured reserve until January. We are moving forward one day at a time. Everything we do is in preparation for  February 9th, the 1A East Region Individual Tournament. We want to peak at the riight time.”

Here are the team results:

1. Washington 215.5
2. Rosewood 204.5
3. Fike 193.5
4. North Pitt 126.0
4. Pasquotank 126.0
6. Northeastern 102.5
7. Currituck 93.5
8. JH Rose 86.0
8. South Lenoir 86.0
10. Hoke County 83.5
11. South Central 64.0
12. Greene Central 60.0
13. Ayden-Grifton 57.0
14. Trask 53.0
15. Holmes 47.0
16. First Flight 42.0
17. Southwest Edgecombe 35.0
18. Princeton 26.0
19. Manteo 24.0
20. North Johnston 23.0
21. Tarboro 21.0

The Redskins Wrestling Team only entered 5 guys for the tournament. The wrestlers went 6-10 in matches wrestled accumulating 17 takedowns and 4 pins. Here are the individual results.

26th Pierce-Davis Memorial Tournament Results for Manteo
138 – Peter Carolaparra (0-2) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Peter Carolaparra (Manteo) 0-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Henry Jennings (Washington) 12-3 won by fall over Peter Carolaparra (Manteo) 0-2 (Fall 0:22)
Cons. Round 2 – Peter Carolaparra (Manteo) 0-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – James Lewis (Southwest Edgecombe) 1-2 won by fall over Peter Carolaparra (Manteo) 0-2 (Fall 1:18)

145 – David Gradeless (0-2) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – David Gradeless (Manteo) 0-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Trace Murray (Holmes) 3-2 won by fall over David Gradeless (Manteo) 0-2 (Fall 1:05)
Cons. Round 2 – David Gradeless (Manteo) 0-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 3 – David Gradeless (Manteo) 0-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Cons. Round 4 – Trent Walker (Currituck) 6-3 won by fall over David Gradeless (Manteo) 0-2 (Fall 1:52)

152 – Trent Jones (2-2) place is unknown and scored 7.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Trent Jones (Manteo) 2-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Trent Jones (Manteo) 2-2 won by decision over kolby lanier (Trask) 6-5 (Dec 14-8)
Quarterfinal – Aaron Bancroft (Fike) 16-0 won by fall over Trent Jones (Manteo) 2-2 (Fall 0:30)
Cons. Round 4 – Trent Jones (Manteo) 2-2 won by fall over Brenden Callan (First Flight) 2-4 (Fall 1:47)
Cons. Round 5 – Hayden Anderson (Washington) 6-2 won by decision over Trent Jones (Manteo) 2-2 (Dec 11-9)

160 – William Pendleton (2-2) place is unknown and scored 8.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – William Pendleton (Manteo) 2-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – William Pendleton (Manteo) 2-2 won by fall over Bryan Woody (Northeastern) 0-3 (Fall 0:36)
Quarterfinal – William Pendleton (Manteo) 2-2 won by decision over Jared Fields (Greene Central) 6-1 (Dec 8-6)
Semifinal – Ricardo Escamilla (Fike) 8-2 won by decision over William Pendleton (Manteo) 2-2 (Dec 8-4)
Cons. Semi – Cameron Jones (North Pitt) 13-2 won by decision over William Pendleton (Manteo) 2-2 (Dec 9-7)

182 – Louden Schults (2-2) place is unknown and scored 9.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Louden Schults (Manteo) 2-2 received a bye () (Bye)
Champ. Round 2 – Louden Schults (Manteo) 2-2 won by fall over Israel Haro (South Lenoir) 0-7 (Fall 0:48)
Quarterfinal – Drew Ferguson (Washington) 11-1 won by fall over Louden Schults (Manteo) 2-2 (Fall 0:34)
Cons. Round 4 – Louden Schults (Manteo) 2-2 won by fall over Nigel Trafton (Pasquotank) 0-2 (Fall 1:26)
Cons. Round 5 – Kahlil Hawkins (JH Rose) 4-5 won by fall over Louden Schults (Manteo) 2-2 (Fall 1:41)


The Wrestling Team will be back in action on Wednesday December 6th at 5pm for a home quad-meet.

Wrestling team competes in two events over break.

The Redskin Wrestling Team traveled to CB Aycock on two separate occasions over the holiday break. The first was to attend the Pilkington Duals, where the squad wrestled in 4 dual meets, and the second was the Falcon Invitational.

Here are some of the results:

Pilkington Memorial Duals:

CB Aycock 72 Manteo 12

Rosewood 60 Manteo 18

Southern Wayne 36 Manteo 18

East Carteret 30 Manteo 24

Falcon Invitational Tournament

Manteo High School came in 15th of 18 schools

Sam Wright: 0-2

David Gradeless: 2-2

Ryan McOwen: 2-2

Trent Jones: 0-2

Jonathan Zafra: 3-0 (1st Place)

Coach Metzinger’s comments on the meets:

“I am proud of how hard they guys that were present worked in practice, and the progress they are making on the wrestling mat. Sam, David, Ryan, Trent, Wesley, and Jonathan showed their dedication to the sport by coming to practice and attending the meets. To be the best you cannot take two weeks off from the sport just because its a break from school. Signing up and committing to a team means you intend to come to every practice and every event, not just the ones that are convenient. This is High School and not Rec-League. One day there will be enough competition where all of these “vacationers” will lose their spots.

Team scores and records are deceiving. This team is getting better and we are competing even though the team scores are not showing it. At the Pilkington Duals Manteo won more wrestled matches than they lost in every meet except one. Team scores looked bad because of forfeits. At the duals we went 12-8 on the matches wrestled.

At the Falcon Invitational we competed well. Jonathan Zafra won his second tournament of the year in the 195lb weight class.

The guys are putting in a lot of hard work on the mat. The sport of wrestling will make a man out of you, forces you to be mentally tough, and you have to learn how to accept defeat. Unfortunately for this year’s team about 15 guys are no longer on the squad (either quitting or violation of team rules). Sometimes you have to thin down the roster, preach discipline, and really push the guys that are willing to stick it out. Our season is not over, and our guys are getting better every day. I am excited to see how many conference champions and state qualifiers there will be!”



See more stats and individual results visit: Wrestling Team Results



Falcon Invitational 2016- Jonathan Zafra 1st Place 195 lbs


Results from the eagle invitational

The Manteo High School wrestling team competed in the United States Air Force Rosewood Eagle Invitational on 12/3. The wrestling team came in 19th or 23 teams in the event. Click the link to see statistics.

Here are Coach Metzinger’s comments:

“We faced some good competition on saturday. We traveled light only carrying 6 wrestlers to compete. Numbers has a lot to do with point scoring in these events, the more guys you have on the floor, the more points you can accumulate.


David Gradeless: 0-2

William Pendleton: 2-2

Ryan McOwen: 1-2

Trent Jones: 0-2

Wesley Mitchum: 0-2

Jonathan Zafra: 4-0 = 1st place


We are continuing to get better each day. Our take-down and near-fall numbers are increasing, which means the practices are accomplishing our goals.

Our numbers are low this year as the attrition rate is over 50%. Wrestling takes commitment by the athlete and the parents. It is a huge sacrifice physically, especially since the sport has two  major holidays involved. I am proud of the work the remaining wrestlers have put in. Hard work shows at the end of the year. In this sport you can only become a champion is you put in the work required to do so. You get out of this sport exactly what you put in. Plain and simple.”


Jonathan Zafra: 1st place in 195lb weight class

WRST beats Hatteras and loses to Farmville Central

Final results from the home tri-meet vs Farmville Central and Hatteras:

Farmville Central 56 Manteo 21

Manteo 34 Hatteras 19

To see match results click here

Coach Metzinger’s comments on the night:

“We went 4-8 in the matches wrestled. Every time we step foot on the mat we want to win more wrestled matches than we lose. As a unit we are improving. We are moving better on our feet, working to set up shots, and are becoming more aggressive. We looked decent on bottom, still need to improve on top. Neutral and top positions are what set good wrestlers apart from average wrestlers. We had good practices since the last dual meet, and will continue to focus on those two positions to get better. This is a long season. Some of these guys have only wrestled 5 matches with around 30-40 left. Our goal is to be wrestling our best in February, and I have not doubt that we will be.


We have an individual tournament saturday, we will iron some things out in practice and look to continue to improve.”

2016 Pierce Davis Tournament

Saturday the Redskins wrestling team competed in the annual Pierce-Davis Wrestling Tournament hosted at North Pitt High School. The tournament consisted of 18 teams with a blend of A-4A schools.

Manteo was short handed only taking 4 wrestlers to the individual tournament. Metzinger said “we had 4-5 guys injured, a couple sick, and others that didn’t travel for undisclosed reasons… either way the number is too small and unacceptable”.

Manteo had one wrestler place in the tournament, Junior wrestler Jonathan Zafra, who finished second in the 195 division.

Individual Performances

David Gradeless: 0-2

Trent Jones: 1-2

William Pendleton: 0-2

Jonathan Zafra: 2-1

Metzinger’s comments on the tournament:

“We established two goals after our meet earlier this week: have better execution on our takedowns, and be more controlling and effective on top. The guys looked much better in the neutral position. They were aggressive, took much better looking shots, and increased the scoring on their feet. On top we have made some progress. It is still early and we will continue to get better. We get all of the guys healthy and into the program, we will be fierce come the end of the season.”


The Redskins host a trimeet Wednesday vs Cape Hatteras and Farmville Central starting at 5pm.