Mid-Carolina’s inaugural wrestling season a year ago produced a number of highlight, the biggest being the stirring state championship bid by B.J. Gibbs. The sophomore made it to the Class 2A, 189-pound title bout last season and finished with a glowing 31-6 report card.
As a team, the Rebels posted an 11-13 dual match record.
“B.J. is a perfect example of what hard work and pure intensity can do on the wrestling mat,” said coach Kyle Cannon.
“He entered last year just like everyone else, without any experience whatsoever, but he had an intensity that I have never seen on the mat and that along with his hard work and determination is what allowed him to be so successful as a first year wrestler.”
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“I am returning every wrestler (15) except the two that were lost to graduation,” said Cannon.
“This being only our second year, we do have the experience we gained from last year, however we still have a lot of work to do and many areas to improve in. With that being said I will say that I feel like I have a group of guys who are willing to work hard, learn what it takes to be competitive, and embrace ‘the wrestling attitude.’ We have a tough region with Gilbert being such a large and experienced team, but I hope we can at least improve upon what we established last year. The success we did have last year sparked some interest throughout the school and I hope that continues. If given a chance I honestly feel like Mid-Carolina and the students in this area can establish a proud and strong wrestling program in the future. The kids have been ready since we ended last year and I am looking forward to spreading that excitement into the community and to help this program develop.
Dominique Wicker (Sr.), Calvin Hair (Jr.), Dalton Snelgrove (Jr.), Chris Lintelman (Jr.), Dakota Murphy (So.) and Dre Ricard (So.) are other returning veterans. Newcomers to watch include Martez Wadsworth (Jr.), Nick Sims (Fr.) and Cameron Fellers (Jr.).