Wrestling takes fourth consecutive district dual title


photo by Karson Cuozzo

Senior Kamdon Harrison is about to breakdown his opponent. Harrison won this match by pin.

The district finals match was a deja vu moment for the boys varsity wrestling team. The championship was against Timber Creek, just like last year, except Hagerty was hosting this time. This was the team’s hardest dual of the night. 

In a dual tournament, two teams wrestle against each other on one mat, and one weight class wrestles at a time. There are 14 weight classes, which range from 106 pounds, up to 285 pounds. 

“Timber Creek was definitely our toughest dual. We had some tough matchups that our kids had to grind out for close wins,” head coach Scotty Diaz said. 

The dual started off with a loss but Hagerty wrestlers won the next five matches in a row. 

“I went into district duals very confident, we have been working really hard in the wrestling room and I was excited to see our work pay off,” senior Landon Revis said. 

The team went on to beat Timber Creek 44-28 to earn their fourth consecutive district dual title. 

“It feels really good to be district champions for the fourth time since I’ve been here – we have been working hard, so it’s good to see the work pay off again for everyone,” Revis said.

The team’s first dual was against Lake Howell, who they beat 75-5. There were a lot of forfeits from Lake Howell, leading to a good cushion of points. The majority of the team won their matches, leading the team to a big first-round win and into the semifinals. 

For the semifinal dual, the team wrestled Lake Brantley and beat them 66-12. There were some hard matches for the light weights during this dual, and sophomore James Zena (120) and freshman Ben Wolgamuth (126) had two of the toughest matches during that dual. There was a lot of back-and-forth fighting in both matches, and both wrestlers won. Zena won by pin, earning six team points for his team, and Wolgamuth won by technical (15-8), earning five team points. 

Other top performers from this dual were junior Logan Acey-Kriegshauser (132),  freshman Nikolas Blake (138), freshman Billy Brazeale (145), sophomore Gavin Nelson (152), junior Justin St. John (160), senior Kamdon Harrison (170), junior Connor Gilliam (182), junior Hunter Tate (195), senior Landon Revis (220) and senior Thad Elam (285). 

This is the first hurdle of the postseason, as the team will now advance to the regional dual tournament on Jan. 11 at Olympia High School. Thiry-two teams advanced to regional duals, and the farthest the team has made it in the state dual series was the regional finals (final eight teams in the state), which was last year. 

It feels really good to win another district title. The boys wrestled tough and earned it. It’s always good to see their hard work pay off,” Diaz said. “As well as we wrestled, we definitely have a lot to improve on, and it starts with being in better condition.”

Before the team moves on to the state dual series, they will compete in the Tournament of Champions at Lake Mary High School on Jan. 6-7.