The Bulldogs sent eight wrestlers to the state tournament this year in their individual weight classes, and seven of those will return to Bearden next year.
Coach Donnie Floyd said he was also proud of how his team challenged some of the big names in the area.
“We really did good in districts and regions this year, pushing Maryville especially,” Coach Floyd said.
Early this month, the Bearden wrestling team found great success with multiple wrestlers placing in regions and therefore qualifying for the state tournament. The team also won districts in duals.
The wrestling team wrapped up the season last weekend at the state tournament. Freshman Kierra Blevins was the top performer as she finished in fifth place in the state. Dylan Burns, Matheson Meade, Aiden Duarte, Samuel Hensley, Seth Arana, Logan Petersen, and Blake Lanman competed for the boys.
“We did well at state having Kierra placing 5th, and some other guys a couple matches away from placing,” Coach Floyd said. “Next year, we should perform even better too with only two guys (on the roster) graduating.”
Added Burns: “The season went well. We had some good challenges at the Bradley and Greenville tournaments. The team did really well overall, no problems with cutting weight or injuries.”
Blevins placed in the state tournament despite this being her first year in wrestling. She has a background in Jiu Jitsu.
“Coach Floyd has really taught me how to persevere through things, and that if you want to achieve something, you have to believe it,” Blevins said.