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Maggie Walker's R.J. May, from Powhatan, takes runner-up honors at states

Maggie Walker's R.J. May, from Powhatan, takes runner-up honors at states

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R.J. May

Maggie Walker's R.J. May, seen wrestling in the 2020 Arrowhead Invitational at Powhatan High School, earned his third straight top-four state finish by taking runner-up honors in the 182-pound class of the Class 3 state wrestling championships.

Maggie Walker Governor's School junior R.J. May, from Powhatan, closed out the 2020-21 season by earning state runner-up honors in the Class 3 state championships.

Wrestling at 182 pounds, May reached the state final for the second time in his three years on the varsity mat by pinning Yorktown's Joshua Cummings in 3:33 and William Byrd's Jerze Webb in 1:34.

The state championship match was a classic. May and his New Kent opponent Dom Baker tied each other at 1 point apiece and battled their way into overtime. But Baker, credited with an escape and a takedown, prevailed in the tie-breaker scenario to edge past May 4-1 and win the 182-pound title.

New Kent went on to win the team state championship, its third straight, over Skyline.

May advanced to states through winning the 182-pound Class 3, Region B championship held at Brentsville District High School in Nokesville. He reached the regional final by pinning Ryan Mickelwait in 32 seconds and David Fox in 1:35.

Facing Skyline's Dustin Gue in the regional title match, May took the lead on a pin attempt, securing two points for the near-fall with 10 seconds to go in the second period. He added an insurance escape in the third and shutout Gue 3-0 for both the match and the 3B title.

May is now a three-time top-four state placer. In addition to his runner-up finish at 182, May won the 138-pound state championship his freshman year when Maggie Walker was in Class 2, then took fourth as a sophomore while wrestling at 160 pounds in his school's first year moving up to Class 3.

He is a three-time regional champion across the 138, 160 and 182 weight classes.

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