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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