Hear from this record-breaking grappler.
Dylan Wheeler was recognized at the recent Marceline High School Winter Sports Banquet for setting the career wins record for Black Rage Wrestling with 190 victories in his four-year span on the mats. Wheeler took some time to sit back and reflect on his career on the hallowed mats of Marceline.
“Dylan Wheeler now holds the MHS career wins record breaking the previous record of 183 held by Dalton Fisher,” said Head Coach Lee Bradley. “Dylan Wheeler finished his wrestling career with 190 wins. The MHS coaching staff would like to congratulate Dylan and we are proud of his efforts!”
Wheeler knew that he had a chance at the record, but fell short of his own goal of 200 career wins over the course of this season.
“I realized that I had set the record at our third tournament this year,” said Wheeler. “I was one win shy of the record coming in to that event. When I won my first match, I told my Dad I had broken the record.”
Wheeler continued: “I beat it by one at that event, and just progressed from there. My goal was 200, but since some tournaments and duals got cancelled, I couldn't get that goal accomplished. I'm happy to have the record.”
Wheeler notes that there is no secret to his success, just hard work and dedication.
“I just go into the wrestling room and work hard,” said Wheeler. “I go on the mat and give it all that I have. It's all about hard work, and giving it all that you have. Whatever the outcome is after that, you just deal with it.”
As for advice to younger wrestlers, he offered the following.
“I would tell people to be prepared mentally and physically,” concluded Wheeler. “This sport has its ups and downs. Give it all you have, and you won't regret anything in the end. It's all worth it.”