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By Shannon Mulcahey, Xavier senior
CEDAR RAPIDS – Four years, 100 wins.
Senior Nick Drahozal reached his 100th wrestling win earlier this month at the Linn-Mar Duals.
“It’s exciting to get the 100th win since it took a lot of dedication and hard work to finally get it,” Drahozal said.
He is ranked sixth in Class 3A and has been wrestling in the 145-pound weight class.
“He is continuing to improve each week and reaching his goals along the way,” Saints assistant coach Kevin Murry said. “His next goals to attain are the career win record, MVC champ, state qualifier and state placewinner. This 100th win was the first step along the way.”
Drahozal has a huge opportunity to reach the school record of 109 wins in four years, a record first set by his older brother David, who graduated in 2006.
“I’ve been hoping to beat the record since I was a freshman,” Drahozal said. “A big factor is because my brother shares the record with Jamie Colwell and it would be cool to steal the title from him. Getting to 109 wins adds a little bit more excitement and anticipation leading up to the end of the season.”
Two other Xavier wrestlers have been ranked within the division. Sophomore Clint Lembeck is ranked sixth in the 126 weight class and senior Cole Turner is ranked seventh at heavyweight.
The state wrestling tournament does not start until Feb. 19, but that is not causing the team to slow down.
“I hope the season keeps going the way it began,” Drahozal said, “where everyone keeps working hard and staying healthy.”
Xavier’s best meet this season happened at the Webster City Duals on Jan. 4 where the Saints took third place. Drahozal pinned two of his opponents in less than 50 seconds to aid the Saints.