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Reveiz is state champ
Reveiz 215 title stirs emotional family celebration


CHATTANOOGA — Fighting back tears of joy, Fuad Reveiz recalled a breakthrough moment in the athletic career of his oldest son, Nick.

Restricted from lifting weights until his 13th birthday, “the day he turned thirteen-years-old, he got me out of bed and said, ‘OK dad, we’re lifting weights now,’” said Fuad during an emotional family celebration in the concourse behind Section 201 in The McKenzie Arena. The celebration followed Nick’s state title wrestling victory in the Division I, 215-pound weight class Saturday, Feb. 19.


“I can promise you, there’s been a lot of early mornings that I wish he would not come and wake me out of bed to go lift before school … every Monday, Wednesday and Friday before school at six a.m.,” said Fuad, one of the top high school wrestlers in Florida and standout placekicker at UT and in the NFL. “… You cannot coach dedication. He’s been dedicated to getting bigger and getting faster and getting to this point.”

Nick’s 11-7 victory against Uri Hansen of Ridgeway capped a dramatic 15-month climb from wrestling novice to state champion for the Farragut High School junior.

“I’ve dreamed about this for the past week, week-and-a-half,” said Nick, who is also a standout linebacker on the FHS football team. “I’ve dreamed about them holding up my hand and I’ve dreamt how it’s felt.

“As soon as that referee whistled and he raised my hand, it was a feeling that no one’s going to feel unless you do it,” Nick added. “That’s the great thing about it. You’re not going to know how great it feels until your hand is raised.”

Finishing the season with a 47-3 record, Nick used a couple of well-timed attack moves in the second and third periods en route to his title victory against Hansen, whose loss to Nick was only his third setback in 47 matches this season.

FHS co-head coach Joe Knox said of Nick, “Oh man, I’m so proud of that kid, he works so hard. He pushes himself.”

Having never wrestled Hansen, “it had me nervous,” Nick said. “But I knew coming in that I’m going to be quicker than him. I’ve watched him wrestle … so I knew what he was kinda slow at, kinda bad at, kinda good at. I knew he had a good outside single (move).”

Nick’s toughest state match actually came in a dramatic double-overtime 2-1 victory against Stanley Brooks of Dickson County Friday, Feb. 18, in the semifinals.

Brooks had beaten Nick earlier in the season.

“I knew when I looked at my bracket and I won my way through, I knew my semi-final match was going to be the hardest match,” Nick said. “… He was the only one I had lost to from (Division I) the whole year. I came into the semifinals probably more nervous than I was in the finals because I knew he had already beaten me. But I came prepared and won.”

Reveiz joined friend and teammate Justin Knox as state champions. Knox won the 171 title. (Read about Knox and other Farragut and Bearden state wrestlers in related story on page 15).

Once committed to wrestling in late 2003, “This wrestling, basically, is how you push yourself, how you prepare yourself,” Nick said. “And the coaches can’t make you do anything, you are the one that controls your speed of drilling, your speed of practice, that’s how you’re going to get better.”

A state qualifier at 189 last season, “He kinda was in shellshock there,” coach Knox said about Reveiz’s first state tournament experience. “I remember him going into the finals with me, he was like, ‘Man, I want to win this next year,’ and I said, ‘you can do it.’”

Fuad said, “In one year he’s gone from just trying to learn to being a state champion, it’s just amazing. He crammed three years into one.”

The championship run of 5-0 in Chattanooga also improves Nick’s career record to 71-10.

 

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