In a presciently and thoughtfully drafted letter, Creekside High School head coach Rick Marabell wrote:
“I have been involved with the sport of wrestling for over 40 years now. My favorite quote is from the great wrestler and legendary coach Dan Gable, ‘Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.’ I can say in my life that quote has rang true over and over again. I believe that wrestling offers certain life lessons that may take years to develop or experience.
My high school and college wrestling coaches had a huge impact on my life. They not only taught the skills and techniques required to be successful on the mat, but they also understood that, as coaches, they had an opportunity to instill character traits that would last a lifetime. As a coach and mentor, I feel it’s my responsibility to pass on those same core character traits. I have listed only five of the many core character traits that wrestling has to offer. It is these five traits our wrestling program chooses to focus on because of their lasting impact.
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A Winning Team at Florida’s Creekside High School, Headed by Coach Rick Marabell
A big congratulation going out the Creekside wrestling team members that have been named to the St Johns All County Wrestling team.
120 Hunter England
126 Michael Galaini
182 Jalen Hines
220 Robbie Balke
160 Hunter Brown
285: Saul Storey, Creekside, Sr. Regional 1-2A champion was one match from placing at state after winning two state matches. Had a 25-6 record; Darius Stanley, St. Augustine, Sr. District champion finished third at Region 1-2A tourney. Won one match at state. Final record of 51-6.
Source: All-County Wrestling: Sweet ending for Bartram Trail’s Nick Vugman – Sports – The St. Augustine Record – St. Augustine, FL
Brandon Dickman not only finished third for the second consecutive year at the Class 2A state wrestling championships, the Creekside senior also beat the same wrestler in the third-place match.
Dickman and Bartram Trail junior Nick Vugman both took home third-place medals at the 2A championships Saturday in Kissimmee.
Dickman, a four-time state qualifier, pinned Jermaine Teague of Cypress Lake in 3:59 in the third-place match of the 182-pound weight class. Teague had sent Dickman into wrestlebacks with a 4-3 decision.
Last year Dickman won in overtime with a sudden victory over Teague to claim third place in the 170-pound class.
Source: St. Johns County Roundup: Creekside’s Dickman, Bartram’s Vugman finish 3rd at state wrestling