Bulldogs look forward to postseason

Published 11:34 pm Friday, January 25, 2019

The King’s Fork High School wrestling team have eyes set on the postseason.

Last season, the Bulldogs wrestling team made history. For the first time in the school’s history, they had a state champion in wrestling with former standout Dennis Whitehead. During that postseason run, the Bulldogs had multiple wrestlers experience the postseason, and Coach Jason Dunaway is hoping that the experience carries over into this postseason as well.

So far, Dunaway believes the team has made a lot of progress. He let his team know that championships were won in February and not at the beginning of the year. The Bulldogs have made consistent development through the year, which Dunaway hopes will pay off in the future.

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“We have a good, scrappy group of guys,” he said. “We have some things start to change for us these last few weeks. The older kids are showing more leadership, and the younger kids are starting to adapt to it.”

In the postseason, it’s about focusing on each match as they come and finding ways to advance. Everyone goes into the postseason with an 0-0 record, and Dunaway knows anyone can be beaten at any time.

“The key is just advance,” Dunaway said. “At the same time, you can’t let one match determine your whole season. Whether win or lose, it won’t define the type of effort and hard work you put into it.”

Dunaway believes some of the wrestlers that lost in the postseason last year will be extra motivated this year. One thing that will be beneficial for the Bulldogs is wrestling in the Southeastern District. It’s a lot of tough competition throughout the regular season, which the team believes benefits them for the postseason.

“I feel like we are in a good position right now,” Dunaway said. “The kids have some wins under their belts, and they are trusting the process.”

The regional tournament will start Feb. 8 for the Bulldogs.