Resetting the standardPublished 10:47am Thursday, January 31, 2013
By Ed Bailey
It has been three decades since Benjamin Russell last stood as state champion for varsity wrestling.
Now, four scintillating seniors will lead the charge towards adding some luster to BRHS’ wrestling legacy.
Blake Chappell, Devante Stamps, Logan Clark and Gavin Fuller have been dominant for the Wildcats wrestling team. Together, the foursome have put together a win-loss record of 124-29 in their senior seasons.
Each grappler has won at least 40 matches this year and according to Clark, they are far from done.
“It would mean a lot for us to win state,” Clark said. “It’s our last year and we want to go out on top.”
Fuller, who has a record of 40-11 this year, is the veteran of the quartet, having wrestled competitively for 11 years.
Chappell is not far behind, with 10 years invested into the sport. Chappell is having an impressive year, having compiled a record of 40-4 this season.
Clark has wrestled for six years, and Stamps has grappled for five years.
Both Clark and Stamps of them have been just as dominant as their fellow seniors, racking up records of 40-12 and 44-2 this season, respectively.
“Wrestling is the toughest sport out there,” Clark said. “To go through all of the training and conditioning together has brought us closer as friends.”
BRHS wrestling coach Andrew Campbell said he is honored to be able to coach the foursome from ninth through 12th grade.
“They’re a great group of kids,” Campbell said. “In a way I feel like I’ve watched them grow up before my very eyes. It’s great to see how far they’ve come.”
Campbell had nothing but praise for Stamps, Chappell, Clark and Fuller, saying that their leadership would be key to the team effort that would be needed to bring home the state title.
“Their work ethic has come a long way,” he said. “They’ve become winners and are now some of the best wrestlers in the state. It’s going to take a lot of hard work from now to the next couple of weeks. Our seniors are going to have to show leadership and we’re going to have to get better. It’ll take a team effort.”
BRHS’ road towards state begins at Homewood during the sectional tournaments.