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Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament


The Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament is an all-day event hosted by the Saints Athletics Club, packed with wrestling action taking place on two mats. This sports tradition is one of the longest-running wrestling tournaments in the Washington, D.C. area. This year we are welcoming nine teams. Don't miss this day of top-flight competition that has become a holiday season tradition!

Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for students 18 and under 

Questions? Trae Humphreys at [email protected]


Tournament History

The Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament was started in 1976 by St. Stephen's coaches, the legendary Herb Soles and Roger Barbee, to keep the wrestlers sharp over the long holiday break. It immediately became known as one of the area's toughest tournaments. This highly competitive wrestling tournament has been known to highlight state champions and All-American wrestlers from many different schools from the Washington Metropolitan Area. 

There are some unique awards given at the tournament. The most prestigious is the Bucky Freeman Outstanding Wrestler Trophy, named after the former assistant coach in the early 1980s who also helped run the tournament. The Roger Barbee Team Champion Trophy is awarded to the team that scores the most points in the tournament. The most recently added award is named for a beloved SSSAS faculty member, the David Hooper Most Pins Award. Mr. Hooper gave 25 years of service to the school as a passionate history teacher and wrestling coach. 

Meet the Teams

During the last five years, the Saints have hosted the following teams:

  • Bishop Ireton High School (Alexandria, VA)
  • Bishop O'Connell High School (Arlington, VA)
  • Central High School (Woodstock, VA)
  • Clarke County High School (Clarke County, VA)
  • Collegiate School (Richmond, VA)
  • Dominion High School (Loudoun County, VA)
  • Fairfax High School, (Fairfax County, VA)
  • George C. Marshall High School (Fairfax County, VA)
  • Gilman School (Baltimore, MD)
  • James Madison High School (Fairfax County, VA)
  • Lee High School (Springfield, VA)
  • Manchester High School
  • Mount Vernon High School (Alexandria, VA)
  • Park View High School (Loudoun County, VA)
  • Poly Prep Country Day School (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Saint John Paul the Great (Dumfries, VA)
  • South Lakes High School
  • T.C. Williams High School
  • Thomas A. Edison High School (Alexandria, VA)
  • Tuscarora High School
  • Wakefield High School (Arlington, VA)
  • Washington & Lee High School (Montross, VA)