Courtesy of Dominion Yearbook
chamThis past Saturday, Dominion Wrestling won their second district championship in their program’s history, completing their undefeated season. Led by Coach Billy Young, Dominion is consistently competitive in their district, but this is the first year in recent memory that they have finally gotten over the hump of winning that team championship at the district tournament. Dominion now heads to Liberty High School to try to continue their teams success in the region championships.
Diego Pena (40-0), Jack Creamer (39-0), Logan Jones, Santi Pena, Jarod Beasley, and Jacob Jimenez all won individual district championships this past weekend along with the team championship. “I train constantly year round with coaches and partners that push me to be my best,” Creamer said.
The boys and girls on this team have grown super close all year and have pushed each other to be the best wrestlers that they can be. “Our team is a family. We are all brothers and sisters. We look out for each other and try to keep everyone on the right track. Wrestling is just that way in general. We win as a team and lose as a team,” Young said.
Creamer and Pena have both noticed a much improved team bond in their final campaign. “The team culture is closer this year than it has been in any of my past years. We all make fun of each other while still supporting each other and having each other’s backs when it comes down to it,” Pena said. The two time state champion Creamer said, “The team bond has never been this strong and we all want each other to exceed.”
One of the most unique aspects of this team is the youth on it. Even with the loss of four seniors after this season, Dominion is still in good hands. “It has paid off for sure. We have 5 freshmen, 3 sophomores, and 3 first year wrestlers in our line up,” Young said. Young then added, “We will miss Jack, Diego, Jared, and Dyan, but we have some experienced JV guys and three stud 8th graders coming in next year.”
One of the promises made by the wrestlers and Young before districts was if they won the wrestlers would bleach their hair and Coach Young would shave his head. Coach Young said, “I could sure use a haircut.”