Dawkins brings home second state title and breaks career win record

Dawkins brings home second state title and breaks career win record
Above: Lincoln High Wrestling head coach Andy Genrich presents the four state qualifiers for the season at Ted Sorensen Theatre before going to the state tournament at Centurylink Center in Omaha. Wrestlers from the left, Terry Jones, Hunter White, Wesley Dawkins, and Aidan Arnold.

By Najm Jabbar- Since the beginning of the 2015-2016 wrestling season, everyone knew that there are at least three or four wrestling weight classes in which Lincoln High will definitely succeed: Wesley Dawkins at 120 lbs., Aidan Arnolds at 132 lbs., Hunter White at 160 lbs., and Terry Jones at 220 lbs.

Above: Lincoln High wrestler Hunter White, tries to roll North Platte’s Jayden Songster in the second round of class A-160. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Highstreet

All of these wrestlers had great matches and most of them were able to bring home some state medals. Jones placed 6th, and Arnold placed 4th, but all eyes were on senior Wesley Dawkins who was looking to not only continue his undefeated season but also to break a school record.

Lincoln High Senior Terry Jones throws his opponent from Pius X to the matt in the North Star Invitational. Photo by Najm Jabbar

Dawkins won his final match in the tournament and his 42nd of the season against Kobe Paczosa from Columbus. That win was also his 150th for his career, breaking the previous LHS record.

The undefeated Lincoln High Wrestler Wesley Dawkins (top) few seconds before pinning his opponent from SouthWest High School in the Lincoln High Invite, Feb 6, 2016. Photo by Angel Tran

“It took a lot of hard work and dedication to get there,” Dawkins said. “My brothers had wrestled for Lincoln High, and it means a lot for me to be one of the top wrestlers in Lincoln High.” Dawkins, who started wrestling as early as three years old, was honored at the Winter Honors Convocation for his academic success and leadership. Dawkins caught the attention of many college coaches, but so far, he has not decided which college he will be attending next year.

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