Prep Wrestling: Thomasville's Herman receives coaching honor
Two months have passed since the Thomasville Bulldogs brought home the school’s first 2-A individual state championship since 1991, but head coach Richard Herman is constantly reminded of that historic day at the Greensboro Colisuem.
For one, he looks in the mirror every day and sees a promise made that was kept. Winning a championship meant he would have to shave his head. That is exactly what he did a few weeks ago in front of the student body.
Then came the most recent news of which he was not aware. Wrestling site Retrorankings.com has named Herman Head Coach of the Year in the entire state of North Carolina. The award is voted on by coaches, media and referees.
“I did not know anything about it until someone told me,” said Herman. “This may sound crazy, but there are more people that deserve it more than I do. But it is really a nice honor. I feel lucky to receive this recognition. I've been at it a long time and I guess I have a lot of friends.”
Thomasville won the championship 95.5 to 95 over Croatan, needing the final two matches of the tournament to decide the outcome. Ray-Shun Moore's state title at 106 put the Bulldogs in position to win. In the final match at 113, Croatan sent Grant Hall to the mat. He had pinned every wrestler he faced during the week. But if Bulldog grappler Hiygee Martin could just limit him to a win on points, it would be half a point enough for the championship. Martin found a way to keep from getting pinned, wrapping up the crown in dramatic fashion.
Herman stressed that his top coach recognition is a direct result of the hard work his kids put in throughout the season.
“As you can see wrestling here at Thomasville has changed,” he said. “The kids had to buy in and do hard work. All I had to do was convince them they could do it. I feel lucky to be a part of it.”
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