Six wrestlers from Bearden’s team are competing in the state competition in Franklin this weekend.
The wrestlers are going into the competition looking to attack the tournament and take it one match at a time.
“My expectations are that each of our wrestlers attack the tournament with a ‘one match at a time’ attitude,” Coach Donnie Floyd said. “I have told them to not hold anything back, attack their opponents, and give everything they have every second.”
Seniors Max Grayson and Kyle Burns are aiming to be the first Bearden High School state champions for wrestling. They are joined by Dylan Burns, Matheson Meade, Samuel Hensley, and Nick Law.
Matches started Thursday at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center in Franklin. Grayson and Burns both won their first two matches and will continue their push to win state titles on Friday.
“I expect myself to make it to the state finals,” Grayson said. “I also expect to win and become Bearden’s first champ tied with Kyle technically because I expect him to win as well.”
This will be their last chance to capture the win, and the team would love nothing more than to see them do just that.
“Kyle and Max have been incredibly important to our team,” Coach Floyd said. “They show everyone on the team what kind of dedication and hard work it takes to be successful.
“I want nothing more than for them to be on the top of the medal stand Saturday night.”
Both of them have been immensely important to the team and leave behind some huge roles to fill. Despite losing them, the younger wrestlers are eager to take the lead.
“We will truly miss both of them next year, and they leave big shoes to fill, but we have several younger wrestlers who are hungry to step up and be leaders,” Coach Floyd said.