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Perfect, but tough, repeat
FHS wrestler Nick Reveiz ends season 35-0, career with 61-match win streak, back-to-back state titles


CHATTANOOGA — Nick Reveiz’s stature as one of Tennessee’s top high school wrestlers in recent years perhaps grew a notch or two Saturday.

But in the process of solidifying his reputation — earning his second consecutive TSSAA Division I state title in the 215-pound weight class Feb. 18 — the 17-year-old Farragut High School senior said he’s grown a notch or two as a person.

“These last couple of months have probably been some of the toughest of my life,” said Reveiz, who finished a perfect 35-0 on the season with a 61-match winning streak to end his TSSAA career (115-10 career record in three seasons). “Rising to the occasion has made me who I am today. I think it’s a life-changing experience for me.

“Dan Gable [former college wrestling and Olympic multi-champion] once said, ‘Once you’ve wrestled, everything else seems easy.’ To me that’s completely true, because I’ve never done a sport that’s so hard, especially when you’re in that top tier,” Reveiz added. “You’ve got a lot of pressure and you’ve got a big target on your chest.”

Seconds After beating junior Matt Lettner of Soddy-Daisy 5-2 in the title match Saturday at UTC, “I told my dad [Fuad] as soon as I got off that mat, I felt just like a huge relief of pressure off me, because I felt that a lot of things were expected of me — not that that was a bad thing — but I felt like I had a lot of things to get done,” Reveiz said. “It was a lot of stress on me.

“As soon as my hand was lifted, I felt on top of the world, I had accomplished what I had set out to do a long time ago. It seemed so far away, but that I got it.”

Thinking about “what was coming in wrestling” last fall, “I remember thinking, like, ‘this season is going to be so easy, I’ve already won state once,’” Reveiz said. “Everybody’s going to be afraid of me.

“But it was the total opposite, I really had to work a lot harder to perfect everything in my wrestling technique,” Reveiz added. “It was a lot harder than it was last year.”

However, “he pretty much dominated everyone all year,” FHS head coach Joe Knox said.

Reveiz’s semifinal match Friday, a 3-2 victory against Ian Meredith of Notre Dame, was a revenge match. Reveiz lost to Meredith last season during the annual Pilot tournament at Knoxville Catholic.

“Looking at the bracket I felt like I really wanted to go against him ... it was a big hump to get over,” Reveiz said.

Despite the close score, “[Reveiz] totally controlled the match,” Knox said.

The FHS senior also joins Tyler Cornaby (112-weight class in 1994, 119 in 1995) as the only Ads to win two state titles in a career, and matches 2005 state champ Justin Knox (160) as the second Ad to go unbeaten in a season.

After taking “about a week” off, Reveiz said he’ll begin training for a national wrestling tournament March 23-26 in Pittsburgh, Pa. that accepts only state champions and state runners-up.

OTHER WESTSIDERS

Webb School’s Dean Smith won the Division II (private school) 160 state title, finishing 41-0 this season. Teammate Thomas Sherbakoff (119) finished third.

Among other Farragut and Bearden High School wrestlers, FHS junior Shane Reveiz (189) won two matches.

Farragut’s Brandon Lazarus (275), Spencer Grieco (140), A.J. Farinella (125) and Daniel Turner (119) joined Bearden’s Nathan Bevelhimer (152) and Andrew Birdwell (125) as state qualifiers.

 

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