Prep Wrestling: Bulldogs dominate field at Clash for Hunger
Thomasville’s wrestling team continues to make a statement that they are going to be a contender for the state title.
With four more blowout wins tacked onto their resume Saturday in the Clash for Hunger at the high school, the Bulldogs are 18-2 for the season and dominating wins have become the norm. THS opened competition over the weekend against Anson County and posted a 73-6 win. They moved on to clobber South Davidson 75-6, whipped Graham 65-9, then concluded with an 82-0 shutout of former Yadkin Valley Conference foe East Montgomery. That is a winning margin for the day of 67.50.
“We are getting better and we are separating ourselves a little bit from some of these teams,” said THS coach Richard Herman. “We have been working hard to get to this point. We have done a lot of offseason work to get where we are.”
Thomasville had very few losses and several of the grapplers had a perfect day Saturday. Going 4-0 were Jason Boutsady, Ahsan Butt, Tay Dupree, Corbin Wilson, Luke Williams, Aaron Reeves and Keith Clemmons. Posting 3-0 marks were Brett Hokansen, Felix Hernandez, Evan Makupson and Gabe Brockett. Antonie Bresanio went 3-1.
This season’s success has been building for quite some time. Since Herman took over the program, the Bulldogs have been on a steady rise to the top, winning the Central Carolina Conference last year. With 11 starters eligible to come back next season, Herman is building a winning program he expects to stay near the top for a long time.
“The kids believe in what we are telling them and are working really hard,” said Herman. “I am hoping this will be the norm the next five or six years and not the exception.”
A big help to the incredible start has been the addition of the House family. Bobby House comes from Ledford High School and has more than 600 wins as a coach. Earlier in the year Herman approached Bobby’s son, Doug, and asked if they were helping any programs. When he learned they were not, Herman extended the invitation and landed three great coaches. David is the third member of the coaching family and has taken over the top spot at Thomasville Middle.
“You are talking about a guy in Bobby that has won more than 600 matches,” said Herman. “It has really been a blessing for us to have them.
Thomasville will next see the mat on Thursday when they open CCC play against Central Davidson.
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