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Where are you now - David Yost
by: Ted Proctor

Story 5: Where are you now - David Yost

As teams across the state start to gear up for the 2019-20 wrestling season, I would like to take a look at some of the past and former Fauquier wrestling alumni who are now coaching in the state of Virginia.

This week we would like to present to you David Yost.

David Yost set the bar high for team Fauquier and the future Falcons that would follow him. In some sense the term "Fauquier Nation" might had been established right around this time.

David ended with a career 181 wins leaving only one other Fauquier wrestler that would rest above him with more wins - to date.

Yost also part of the historic season alongside eight teammates that lead the Falcons to a 3rd place AAA State Championship finish in 2008. At the time this would be the best VHSL State finish in school history as Yost would consistently showed his team leadership on and off the wrestling mat.

The 2007-08 team might not have had the glory of the recent 2014 or 2015 Fauquier wrestling teams but Yost truly raised the competition skill level as a Falcon which paved the way for team Fauquier a decade later.

To analyze David's High School wrestling career further, he was a four-year starter for the Falcons, 4x District Champion, 4X Regional placer, 2x State Runner up and earned 40 plus wins each season. Folks, having 40 wins is simply unimaginable in today’s high school wrestling schedule.

David’s freshmen year he wrestled at 103 lbs and went 41-3 while winning the 2005 District Championships, third place in Regionals and the AA State Runner-up.

During David’s tenth-grade year and wrestling at 112 lbs, he posted a 42-11 season record winning the 2006 District Championships and placing 4th at the Regionals.

Moving up to 125 lbs weight class for his Junior year, Yost was appointed team Captain as he earned a season high 54-7 record. One would think that 54 wins would still hold as the most wins in a single season for the Falcons. David again would win the 2007 District Championships for a third time while placing third in Regionals and a fourth-place finish in the AAA State Championships.

Team Captain again during his senior year, David was full tilt improving on his season record by going 44-9. Wrestling at 130 lbs during the 2007-08 season David took a seventh place at the Nationally ranked PowerAde while earning his fourth District title, third at Regionals and a AAA State Runner-up. David also was the Co-MVP for team Fauquier during his senior year.

David Yost went onto wrestle for VMI along side teammate Eric Russo. David also was a four-year starter for the VMI Keydets.    More on David Yost wrestling Bio at VMI can be found here > >

David Yost in action on the VMI wrestling team.

Jumping into coaching shortly after graduating college, David was an assisted at Kettle Run High School for one season (2012-2013).

Serving with the US Army from 2013-16 and in 2016 David joined the Benedictine College Preparatory School in Richmond Virginia as an assistant wrestling coach.

After two years as an assistance coach, David then became the Head wrestling coaching position for the Cadets this past season.

College and Degree?
David - "Graduated from VMI in 2012 with a BA in Psychology."

Current Career?
David - "Teaching and the Head wrestling coach at Benedictine College Prep."

Where do you live?
David - "Richmond, Virginia."

Can you highlight your coaching career (timeline) and where are you currently coaching at?
David - "Right out of college, I was an assistant at Kettle Run for a year for my brother, Caleb’s, senior year, which was 2012-2013. Then, when I got out of the Army in 2016, I started as an assistant coach at Benedictine. After doing that for two years, I took over as the head coach this past season (2018-2019) which was my brother, Josh’s, senior year.."

The Falcon of Fame Stat: Currently resting at #3 with 181- 30 career record for team Fauquier, how was the experience wrestling for Fauquier?
David - "Wrestling at FHS was incredible. We worked really hard and had a lot of success. Being a part of that program truly laid the foundation for the person that I am today."

Any special or personal memories you like to share while wrestling for team Fauquier?
David - "Finishing with 9 state placers in the old AAA my senior year was pretty special. The thing I remember most, though, is my teammates. We always just had a really good time being together, goofing off, and competing. Like I said, we worked really hard and when you share hardship like that together, pretty strong bonds get formed. Shout out to that 07-08 team!"

How has wrestling impacted your life now as a coach?
David - "My career as a wrestler has totally shaped my life as a coach now. I’m always trying to make sure the kids that I coach see the big picture. The wins and losses are important, but nearly as important as their development into good, dedicated, honest men."

Let’s hope there’s more but for now, tell us about your favorite coaching experience to date?
David - "By far, my favorite coaching experience was this past year when I got to see my youngest brother, Josh, win a state championship against a 3-time returning champ. He was so laser-focused this year and put so much time and effort into getting better, and in the end, it all paid off. I was so proud of him."

Moments after brother Josh Yost won the State Championship as David Yost embrace the win.

David Yost in action at MAWA.

David Yost in the corner coaching at Benedictine College Preparatory School.

Interview with David Yost (on the VMI wrestling team) visiting the team at the AA States event Feb 25, 2012 by Ted Proctor

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