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Mathis leads wrestlers to 4th consecutive regional championship

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Mathis leads wrestlers to 4th consecutive regional championship

Tanner Sizemore

Harrison High School senior Isaac Mathis has been an integral part of the school’s sustained wrestling success.

The team has won back-to-back North Central Conference (NCC) titles, along with five straight sectional championships and four consecutive regional championships.

“He’s a huge part of our team and our team success,” said head coach Scott Van Der Aa. “He does exactly what the coaches ask, pushes himself, and makes the other guys that practice with him work hard as well.”

Coming into the season, Van Der Aa had a number of ambitious goals for the team.

The Raiders wanted to break the school record for wins, win the NCC title, win the sectional championship, and win the regional championship.

With the help of Mathis, who won 33 individual matches as well as the NCC, sectional, and regional titles, each goal was achieved.

Throughout his high school career, Mathis has developed in every aspect of the sport.

“Coming in as a freshman, there’s no comparison,” said the Harrison senior. “There’s so much growth.”

Van Der Aa has noticed his improvement as well.

“I saw a huge difference on the mat,” said Van Der Aa. “Now he physically controls wrestlers.”

As for the remainder of the season, Mathis is set to face Penn wrestler Max Chaffee Saturday in the first round of the semi-state tournament.

“I’m looking forward to good, tough matches,” said Mathis. “I’m looking forward to giving it my all and hopefully getting to state.”