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Dylan Meeks (left) won his 3rd state title and Tahj Glemaud (right) placed 4th at the 2016 State Wrestling Championhsip

Dylan Meeks wins 3rd State Championship
3/6/2016 8:41:00 AM

Wrestling sensation Dylan Meeks capped another perfect season (37-0) with a second period pin of Wekiva's Raimello Jackson to claim his third consecutive State Championship Saturday in Kissimmee. Meeks, who has now won titles at 195 pounds as a freshman and twice at 220 pounds, pinned all four opponents in the tournament. In Friday's matches, Meeks easily handled Cypress Bay's Matthew Toribio (48-18) with a pin just 44 seconds into the match. In the quarterfinal, Terrill Taylor (35-11) of Palm Beach Gardens fell to Meeks at 1:23 of the first period to set up a rematch of last year's 220-lb state final with Darius Hamilton of Miami Southridge. Like Meeks, Hamilton entered the match undefeated (43-0) and may have had some confidence heading into the match as he gave Meeks a good battle last year in a 4-1 loss. Not the case at all. Meeks put Hamilton on his back 25 seconds into the third period (4:25) to register his third pin of the tournament and a berth in his fourth consecutive state championship match dating back through eighth grade. In the championship bout, Meeks faced a familiar foe in Wekiva's Raimello Jackson. The two faced each other three times during the season, with two matches resulting in major decision victories for Meeks. This time Meeks punctuated his season of dominance by pinning Jackson at 2:28 of the second round and solidified his name as one of the greatest wrestlers in state history. Meeks has accumulated a record of 113-1 at Dr. Phillips, a career record (including eighth grade at CFCA) of 153-2 against high school competition and has won 97 consecutive matches. While he is just a junior, Meeks has the option of graduating in December next year with many Football scholarships on the table. As fans, we hope to see him on the mat one more year, while realizing the success he has experienced here pales in comparison to the depth of his character and the brilliance of his future. 

While Meeks rolled through four opponents quickly and decisively, senior Tahj Glemaud put forth a phenomenal effort in the tournament to finish fourth at 285 pounds...and he worked for every point. Glemaud (50-8) wrestled in six matches and all six went the distance and were decided by one point. In the first round, Glemaud took out Newsome's Sean Behrens (33-12) with a 3-2 decision that matched him up next with South Dade's Kyron Taylor (59-3). Taylor, who went on to win the state title later on, had his toughest match against Glemaud but advanced with a 1-0 victory to push Glemaud into the consolation bracket where he defeated Geffrey Cosgrave (29-9) of Vero Beach, 4-3. In the third round, Glemaud was matched up with Forest Hill's Jordan Earle (53-9) and wrestled his way to a 2-1 double overtime victory and a berth in the consolation semifinal against Samuel Harrison of George Jenkins (58-6). As he's done all year, Glemaud found a way to win and avenged an earlier season loss to Harrison with a 3-2 victory to advance to the third place match. This would be another rematch for Glemaud as he fell to Atlantic Coast's Deangelis Harris (31-5) by pin in the Regional Tournament. This match was far more difficult for Harris, however, as Glemaud gave him everything he could handle before falling 2-1 in double overtime. Glemaud's fourth place finish capped a career that started as a freshman with no mat experience and ended with him being one of the toughest and most respected wrestlers in the state. A tremendous fighter who represented our school and our program with class. Glemaud and Meeks were DP's only two representatives in the State Tournament but their performances earned enough points (42) to place us 13th among the 83 participating teams.

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