Tigers win first state dual title
Hastings High wrestling won its first Class B state dual title in school history last Saturday, Feb. 8. It's the Tigers first state team title since winning the Class B overall title at the 1988 State Wrestling Championships.
"We've been working, at least I've been working four years for this and we finally got it done, so it's a big relief and it feels great," Hastings senior, Mason Brumbaugh said.
"It's so special man but we haven't won a title since 1988. We've had teams dating back seven, eight years that we thought could compete for titles but we never got the job done," Hastings wrestling coach, Nolan Laux said. "That's a testament to these guys. They worked their butts off every single day and they got the job done."
Through three bouts, the top-seeded Tigers had 16 pins and won by an average of 28.6 points a dual.
For senior Damen Pape, winning a state title is nothing new but doing it with his teammates meant a whole lot more.
"It's so nice to say that we're state champs as a team, we're all part of that state championship team," Pape said. "Instead of it just being me, it's everyone and it means a lot honestly. I don't know, it's right up there with my own state title. I think the team title may be my favorite one."
Next up for Hastings is B-2 Districts, which start this Friday, Feb. 14 at Blair High School.