Brahman wrestling earns trip to regionals

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee High School Brahman wrestling team finished second in the district duals held on Jan. 9 at Okeechobee High School, earning them a chance to move on and compete in the regional duals happening on Jan. 16.

The Brahmans were able to shut-out South Fork but couldn’t top district rival Jensen Beach, who went on to win the dual.

Brahman Jaszper Ingram wrestles in the district duals held on Jan. 9 at Okeechobee High School. Lake Okeechobee News/Richard Marion.

Jensen will also be competing in the regional dual on Jan. 16.

Brahman wrestlers held their own early against Jensen, but as the match progressed Jensen’s superior conditioning proved to be deciding factor.

Head coach Bruce Jahner thinks the Christmas break away from wrestling may have affected his team more than Jensen.

“Right now we’re still having issues getting back into shape,” explained Jahner. “Christmas break killed us. You could see that tonight, we got to the third period and just gassed out.

So right now our biggest thing is going to be to get back into shape and get ready to wrestle again.”

Okeechobee had some positives it could take away from the dual. Brahman Felix Brege pulled off a last second comeback against his Jensen Beach opponent. Brege was down by one point in the third and final period when he was able to pin his opponent with just seconds remaining in the match. Daniel Hays and Case Myers also had two of the most dominating performances of the day for Okeechobee.

“Felix had a good match,” said Jahner of Brege’s comeback victory,” he wrestled well. He caught that little free leg over. We’ve shown him that move a couple times and he’s picked it up. That was a good match for him. Of course big Danny had a really good match and controlled everything. And Case came out and really surprised me with his performance.”

The team will have only a week to attempt to build their stamina before the regional duals, but Jahner says the team will be prepared and will put themselves in position to be competitive.

“We have about a week so we’re going to keep working on it,” Jahner said of the teams regional dual preparation. “We’re going to work on our conditioning but at the same time we still have a few things to correct here and there. We’re still having some issues with take-downs, we’re just tying up and can’t get loose. So we’ll get that cleaned up. But it’s a long season. If we go too hard right away we won’t be able to bring it on the days that we really have to show off.”

If Okeechobee can finish in either first or second place in the regional duals, they’ll earn a trip to the state duals being held Jan. 25-26 in Kissimmee.

Brahman Case Myers pins his opponent as his teammates cheer him on in the district duals held on Jan. 9. Lake Okeechobee News/Richard Marion.

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