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Meet Brandon High State Champ Dylan Lucas

Lucas claimed the Class 3A 106-pound title Saturday in Lakeland, one of seven Eagles to be crowned state champs as Brandon High clinched the state title.

At 106 pounds, Brandon High freshman Dylan Lucas ruled his weight class, ending the year with a state title.

Lucas (34-0) claimed the FHSAA Class 3A 106 pound title Feb. 18 at the Lakeland Center, edging out Palm Harbor's Connor Prince (55-3) in a hard-fought match. Lucas built a 4-0 lead, only to have Prince close it to 5-4 with seven seconds left. Lucas lasted and won the decision 5-4.

Lucas was won of seven Eagles to take home an individual state championship as Brandon High earned its 23rd team state title and 12th in a row.

Brandon Patch caught up with Lucas after the victory.

Patch: What's going through your head the moment before that whistle blows?

  • Lucas: Nerves. I just think, whatever happens happens. It's nerve-wracking not knowing what's going to happen in a match.

Patch: Describe your experience at states this year.

  • Lucas: This is one of toughest competitions I've been to. Every opponent is really tough. My second opponent [Terrance Gary of Dr. Krop] was really tough. I got in some bad positions here, but I was able to get out of them.

Patch: What is it like being a Brandon Eagle wrestler?

  • Lucas: There's so much experience around you. This year, I came in and didn't know what to expect. The seniors pushed me to the limit. They were such great leaders for me. They deserve a lot of the credit for this medal.

Patch: What makes Brandon wrestling so successful?

  • Lucas: All the hard work we put in, every day, pushing hard work. The coaches expect hard work.

Patch: Talk about your title match.

  • Lucas: Well, we wrestled last week, so I knew he was tough. I just flow. I don't think about what I do, I just go.

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