Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Flower Mound a budding wrestling power
Defending runners-up won regional and will send eight boys to state
FLOWER MOUND — The trophies sprawl, cups and plaques and figurines of gleaming gold and silver plastic. Flags are pinned to an adjacent wall. China, Turkey, New Zealand, Germany. They are countries visited or hosted by Flower Mound wrestling.
In the middle, a handful of teenage boys practice grips and holds on soft blue mats. The flags, the trophies, they are mementos of the recent past and present. Wrestling matters at Flower Mound High School, matters as much as it ever has, and the team is primed for the state meet, hoping to replicate last year’s runner-up finish or possibly take that one step further.
Seven Flower Mound wrestlers and one alternate qualified for this weekend’s state championship in Austin. They are Dylan Akers, Scott Akers, Greyson Medina, Austin Riddle, Brady Speckels, Tom Beaury, Drake Dudley and Alex Wranik.
“We’re a real close team and that’s separated us from years past,” Riddle said.
By first or second grade, most of these guys were wrestling with and against each other. They formed a bond. They gained experience together. And that’s why so many have advanced this far.
“Wrestling’s a brutal sport, a long season,” coach Steve Davis said. “Practices are not fun. You do a ton of work to spend six minutes, max, out there, and there are many, many times when it would be easier to do something else. And if you don’t have somebody holding you accountable it’s easy to take a day off.”
Though Flower Mound finished second at state as a team last year, this season has marked two other important accomplishments for the program.
At the State Duals, Flower Mound defeated perennial power Canyon Randall in a semifinal. It was the biggest victory in Flower Mound history.
Then earlier this month, Flower Mound won Regional for the first time. Even last year, en route to second place at state, the Jaguars were third at Regional.
“If you’re about to go into a tough match or high-pressure situation and the whole team is crowded around that mat,” Medina said, “it’s what’s going to push you to try and win.”
A look at the state wrestling archives reveals a program that has come a long way in a short time. Flower Mound finished 51st in 2005, 52nd in 2006, 40th in 2007, 10th in 2008, 17th in 2009 and second last year.
The team realizes a state championship is a long-shot with Allen the heavy favorite, but its continued progress ensures the probability of many more trophies to come.
“I really feel like we have taken it to the next level this year,” Davis said.
Area regional champions