Miranda H. Lewis
Carter County Times
OLIVE HILL – West Carter’s wrestling team celebrated its two seniors, Jackson Kidwell and Braden Flener, before Friday’s home finale against East Carter.
This cross-county showdown, backed by an engaged crowd that filled the stands, brought energy and enthusiasm to the athletes and coaches.
The Comet wrestling program is in its fourth year of competition and coaches and fans agreed that the sport is picking up speed and growing by leaps and bounds.
“[Being] technically sound, strength, and mental toughness,” are important characteristics that a wrestler needs to be their best agreed Flener and Kidwell.
Kidwell was excited to be on his home floor for his senior night.
“I was hyped. This [night] is a big deal,” he said.
Kidwell was injured during his junior season, making this event only the second time he has ever had the opportunity to wrestle on his home floor.
What allows an athlete to get multiple takedowns, and ultimately win in the last ten seconds of a match over his opponent? Flener says, “technique, strength, and attitude will get you the take-down.”
Flener has wrestled since his freshmen year, however, he took time off at the beginning of this season to pursue other interests.
“My only regret is not sticking with wrestling for the entire season because I really enjoy it,” he said.
Both seniors scored pins on their night of recognition. Kidwell and Junior Davin Skinner both went 2-0 for the night, scoring quick pins in their respective weight classes.
After his second match, Kidwell reflected upon all the moments that have led up to his excellent high school wrestling career.
“I’m really happy with how successful I have been, but tonight I am so glad I got the opportunity to wrestle in front of my family and friends,” he said.
The Comets team proved to be up to the task of honoring its seniors, winning seven of the 14 matches to earn a 40-36 victory.
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