Originally Posted by 87 tiger
Ahart vs. Rakers at 122 Novice. I'm being biased here as both boys are from the south. Ahart is in his third year and Rakers placed second last yr at Rockford. He also dominated the south in his weight class and wherever else they put him. Ahart on the other hand was pretty much a better than average kid with potential and a knack for working hard. He battled injuries and a few other personal issues throughout the season but never quit. He comes into the state tournament as basically a "nobody", fresh off a defeat in less than a minute from the hands of Rakers a week before at the sectional championship. Then the mountain faced in front of him is on a stage that he never even fathomed he'd be on, let alone thinking he'd even still be wrestling after the first round or two. This surely wasn't the most technical match, and by far was it an exciting match (unless you were from the South). But what made this match so good was that it was between the two wrestlers that were there and where they were from.
I enjoyed watching this match as well. No one in our club thought that Ahart had a chance. Rakers is like a machine. We've watched him handle all comers since the beginning of the season. All weekend, we told our kids that everyone there is good and that you have to exploit any opening you can get (and try not to give any openings). Ahart wrestled tough, saw an opportunity and went for it. Taking nothing away from Rakers (because the kid is a beast and will likely be in the finals again next year), this match taught our kids that even the best wrestlers can be beat, so don't concede before you even shake hands.
Being from the south, I also enjoyed the Shannon/Polka match at Novice 95, and the McCloud/Warren match at Senior 215. That move Shannon hit for the pin had me out of my seat.
Can't wait til next year!