As of this past weekend, Bearden now gets the honor of calling another student-athlete a state champion.
Sophomore Krista Legagneur became the first girl from Bearden to ever make it to a state championship match, winning her match by a 9-6 decision over Krista Martin from Tennessee High.
Senior Mieka Sunayama also had a strong performance and placed fifth in her weight class.
With strong performances from Legagneur and Sunayama, the girls placed seventh overall as a team.
On the boys side, sophomore Kyle Burns finished second in his weight class and became the first Bearden boy to ever reach a state final.
With many strong performances from underclassmen, Bearden’s future on the mat now leans strongly on its ability to attract more members.
“We are still growing, and we are hitting goals that we are setting,” Bearden coach Donnie Floyd said. “Some of the kids who did not get to state this year are already determined to get there next year.
“The biggest thing is more bodies in the room and then striving for certain individual goals. I know once we get the people in there, the wrestling will come.”