RHS Wrestling Team: A Groundbreaking Season to Remember


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RHS senior wrestlers on senior night after a match against Carroll and Xenia: Ethan Boyle, Sean Beltran, Ben Breaker, and Griffin Peacock (left to right)

From personal records to record breaking wins, the RHS Wrestling team has had an immense season with unforgettable moments. As four seniors reach the end of their high school wrestling career, and as the coach recently received his 300 victory mark, they reflect on their memories shared with the team this season.

Newly placed COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines which ultimately gave the team a different picture for the season compared to previous years. 

Senior Ben Breaker stated, “…due to COVID we haven’t been able to compete in the big individual tournaments which is a major part of the season. Tournaments in my opinion are much more fun than duals and with these tournaments we aren’t getting as much wrestling in as we usually do.”

With individual tournaments or not, Breaker was still able to win his 100th dual victory recently, marking a huge accomplishment for the senior’s wrestling career. Although, Breaker isn’t the only senior with milestone accomplishments. 

As of last week, senior Ethan Boyle led the team with the most wins at 28-1 and Senior Griffin Peacock remains undefeated at 27-0.

The team in total has a record of 25-2 dual meet wins. This is the most dual meet wins any Ross team has received. 

The coach, Richard Dunn, who is also a mathematics teacher at RHS, also made a major achievement this season. Dunn received his 300th dual victory during the match against Lakota East as well as SWOC Coach of The Year this past weekend. 

Winning #300 was exciting because the team beat a very talented [and] highly ranked Lakota East team. It is an honor to reach that mark, Dunn said. 

As if the season wasn’t already successful enough, the team became the SWOC champions for the first time in eight years this past weekend. 

Senior Ethan Boyle said, “My favorite moment this season was without a doubt winning SWOC this weekend. The wrestling team hasn’t won the SWOC since 2013, but I think with our current underclassman there is potential to make a trend over the next few years.” 

There is no doubt that the team will end on a remarkable note, leaving a legacy for the upcoming wrestling team members and seniors. The team will go on to individual state tournament sectionals on Feb. 28 followed by districts and state for the next two weekends. And while fans may not be permitted to attend, you can still show your support for the boys in the halls of RHS or give them a shoutout on social media.