The HHS wrestling team traveled to Turner Ashby High School for districts on Saturday Feb. 2. HHS has not won districts for wrestling since the 1991-1992 season. The last time HHS wrestled TA, HHS dominated in team points against them. This would be the first time wrestling TA since.
Five of the wrestlers, three seniors and 2 juniors, made it to finals including Ahmad Salehi, Trevor Jackson, Tony Do, Anies Denar and Artem Makayed.
Ahmad Salehi made it to finals undefeated that day in weight class 195. TA was currently in the lead by this point, and his victory would determine HHS’ chances of winning. With Salehi being our last wrestler in finals, he had all the pressure on him. Salehi went into overtime for his match. At the end of overtime, Salehi came out on top putting HHS in the lead with team points.
In weight class 285, TA had one more wrestler. If they were to win, then they would be district champions. Unfortunately, the TA 285-pounder did end up winning the match, putting HHS in second place overall.
Although they may not have won districts, their coach, Mike Dickerson, received the “coach of the year” award for the third time. They also managed to advance 12 of their wrestlers to regionals.
195-pounder: Ahmad Salehi-1st place
170-pounder: Trevor Jackson-2nd place
160-pounder: Artem Makayed-2nd place
138-pounder: Anies Denar-2nd place
126-pounder: Tony Do-2nd place