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Wrestling Is Family For Durant Grad Hendon Haley

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Hendon Haley

Hendon Haley is a senior at Durant High School. His passion for wrestling started about 12 years ago when his oldest brother, who was a freshman at Durant at the time, introduced the sport to Haley. Haley, along with his three older brothers, has wrestled ever since.

In the wrestling season of 2019, he was Hillsborough county champion, regional champion, and placed fourth in the state of Florida. Haley is most proud of his success at the state tournaments.

“It’s the biggest thing that I’ve gotten out of all my hard work,” said Haley. “That is something I’ll never forget and something very important to me, it was really everything I wanted.”

This past year, Haley was again a Hillsborough County champion, but he also was district champion, placed third in regionals, and was a state qualifier.

“Something that motivates me would definitely be my brothers because they have always been there for me in the practice room and they’ve done very well themselves in high school,” said Haley.”

— Hendon Haley

“The hardest part about wrestling is that it is an individual sport. It is one hundred percent up to you and how you perform as a wrestler,” said Haley.

Haley has been able to progress over the years and create a positive mindset going into his matches. He strives to be the best he can be and is supported by the motivation from his brothers.

“Something that motivates me would definitely be my brothers because they have always been there for me in the practice room and they’ve done very well themselves in high school,” said Haley.

Haley came into high school naturally motivated to either match or top his brothers in wrestling. He says that it is good to look up to people who are the best at what you do and learn from them. Haley also looks up to Jordan Burroughs, Olympic athlete and four-time world champion freestyle wrestler.

He has wrestled for Durant wrestling since his freshman year and was the captain for the 2019-2020 wrestling season. All four of his brothers were also captain of the Durant team. He takes the role of being a captain seriously and works hard to make sure the team strives for success.

“It’s a very important job and that’s how you build teams, you got to start with good leadership,” said Haley.

Haley has plans to attend Florida college, a Christian college in Temple Terrace. He doesn’t plan on continuing wrestling in college, but he wants a role in the wrestling community as either a coach, referee, or as someone who helps individuals with wrestling techniques.

Haley will miss his wrestling family after high school. He plans to keep in touch with teammates and attend Durant wrestling tournaments.

“We have one of the longest seasons of any other high school sport, so to be together with guys like that every day in the room for so long I’m going to miss that family aspect of just being there and grinding through hard times,” said Haley.

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Adamari Jaimez, Staff Writer

Adamari Jaimez is a senior at Durant High School. She has been part of journalism since her freshman year, involved in both the yearbook and newspaper...

The Durant wrestling team prepares for 2019-2020 season

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The wrestling team gathers to celebrate their camaraderie in anticipation for the upcoming season.

As the Durant wrestling season rolls around the corner, wrestlers are beginning to prepare themselves for a successful season.

Last year, wrestler Hendon Haley placed second in districts, won regionals which then took him to placing fourth in the state tournament. It was a great accomplishment for the team and Haley being the last out of his five brothers with a history and experience in wrestling, made his family and coaches proud and brought motivation to his fellow wrestlers. He is the team captain for the Durant Wrestling team and is a role model to others.

 This year three of the events will be home matches which is a great opportunity for people to come support the team.

 There are two kinds of tournaments in wrestling; dual and individual bracket tournaments (IBT). Dual tournaments are team against team matches where the team with the most points earned wins. IBT is more of a one on one competition where each wrestler enters a competition with everyone in their weight class to determine best of the best. Preparing for tournaments can be challenging for most wrestlers as they must maintain a certain weight to be able to compete in one of the fourteen weight classes.

“Don’t eat junk food and drink lots of water. Just maintain your diet and stay active,“ said Christapher Perez [10].

 Although wrestling practice may be difficult, it motivates and brings out the best from the wrestlers. Perez was one of the first freshman to make it to regionals in thirteen years. He won an underclassmen of the year award for his outstanding performance and is looked up to by many of his team members.

 “It’s fun to do and it gives you motivation for other things too because if it’s not as hard as wrestling then it’s obviously not that hard,” said Austin Bovee [10].

Bovee joined wrestling as a freshman. Being a first-year wrestler, he did an extraordinary job and it made a huge impact on him.

 “It brings out another part of you that you never knew was there, “said Jorge Palacios [11].

 Palacios enjoys wrestling and has found an inner potential in himself that ties him to wrestling.

Most of the wrestlers are looking forward to the state tournaments and are trying their best to reach their goals.

 The coaches for this year are Coach Kauderman, Haley, and Beaty and they are helping their wrestlers reach their goals but they also have a goal as they prepare these young men for success.

 “It’s not just about wrestling, wrestling is fun and builds confidence. Some guys don’t wrestle because they are afraid of the one on one competition but those who do, get beyond that and once they begin to experience success they are locked in, “said Beaty.

The coaches try to encourage wrestling to others as it builds character, integrity and honesty. “Being able to overcome obstacles even though there are disadvantages I think is very important and what I try to teach as a coach, “said Kauderman.

 The wrestlers, coaches and families are full of anticipation for this year wrestling season and what it has to offer.

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Adamari Jaimez, Staff Writer

Adamari Jaimez is a senior at Durant High School. She has been part of journalism since her freshman year, involved in both the yearbook and newspaper...

The future of pro-wrestling comes to Florida

The future of pro-wrestling comes to Florida

Tampa Bay, Fla.–Pro-wrestlers, Cody Rhodes, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson, have established their own wrestling promotion based out of Jacksonville, Fla. named All Elite Wrestling. They named it after their own wrestling faction, “The Elite,” along with their friends who are also star wrestlers.

The Elite is led by Kenny Omega and consists of: Cody Rhodes, the son of “The American Dream;” Dusty Rhodes, Matt and Nick Jackson, who go under the tag team name of “The Young Bucks”; Adam Page; and, British wrestler Marty Scurll. On January 1, 2019, The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, and Adam Page announced on their YouTube channel, “Being the Elite,” they would start All Elite Wrestling. They would base the headquarters out of Jacksonville, Fla. after Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan, agreed to a deal to buy the promotion and make happen.

On January 8, 2019, President of All Elite Wrestling, Tony Khan, held a rally for their first pay-per-view as a company entitled “Double or Nothing.” This was the second pay-per-view made by The Elite. Back in September of 2018, they held a pay-per-view called All In in Chicago, IL. Once tickets went on sale, they sold out in less than a minute and sold 10,000 tickets. This is what led to Cody and The Young Bucks starting their own promotion. Their tagline is “To change the wrestling world.”

Double or Nothing will take place on May 25, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Adam Page, Cody Rhodes, and The Young Bucks are the only superstars in The Elite faction to have a current contract with All Elite Wrestling, while Omega and Scurll do not. Former WWE star, Chris Jericho, said at the rally in Jacksonville, Fla, “we’re not here to just change the world, we’re here to change the universe.”

The future of pro wrestling could become a big thing in Florida from this new company called All Elite Wrestling.

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Jordan Dabbour is a junior at Durant High School and is Advertising Business Manager for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to...

Wrestling Star Diagnosed with Leukemia

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Leati Joseph Anoa’i, better known under his ring name, Roman Reigns, has been diagnosed with Leukemia as it has come back for the second time. Reigns stated on WWE’s television show, Monday Night Raw, that he had been battling Leukemia for eleven years and unfortunately, it has come back. At the time, Reigns was the world champion on the Raw brand as he was the Universal champion. He tried to be a fighting champion, but with his Leukemia coming back, he was forced to relinquish the Universal title.

Reigns had many major accomplishments throughout his career in WWE, as he won the 2015 thirty-man Royal Rumble match, he was a three-time WWE champion, a WWE Intercontinental champion, a WWE United States champion, a WWE tag team champion with his Shield teammate, Seth Rollins, and a Universal champion. He made his debut on November 18, 2012 at the WWE Survivor Series Pay-Per-View with his Shield teammates, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, in which they attacked former WWE superstar, Ryback.

On June 2, 2014, the Shield confronted Randy Orton and COO of the company, Triple H, until Seth Rollins turned on Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. This led to Rollins winning the 2014 Money in the Bank Ladder Match. At WrestleMania 31, in the main event, it was Roman Reigns challenging WWE champion Brock Lesnar. Then during the match, Rollins seized the opportunity and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and pined Reigns to win the title. Later that year, Rollins suffered a legitimate knee injury which took him out of action until May of 2016.

At WrestleMania 32, Roman Reigns won the WWE title by defeating Triple H. At Survivor Series 2016, the Shield briefly reunited as they hit their signature move, the triple powerbomb, ripping straight through an announcer’s desk onto opponent AJ Styles.

On October 9, 2017 the Shield fully reunited taking out the Miz, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. Then Ambrose suffered an elbow injury and was out of action for almost a year.

On Monday Night Raw on August 20, 2018, the Shield returned to help Roman Reigns and prevented Braun Strowman from cashing in his Money in the Bank contract and on October 22, 2018, Reigns had announced he was diagnosed with leukemia for the second time. Later in the night, Rollins and Ambrose challenged Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler for the Raw tag team titles dedicating the match to Roman Reigns. Rollins and Ambrose would go on to win the Raw tag team titles and then out of nowhere, Dean Ambrose turned his back on Seth Rollins with the Shield breaking up as a group once and for all.

This dominant trio in WWE history might go down as one of the best factions in wrestling history. Reign will be missed from the WWE.

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Jordan Dabbour is a junior at Durant High School and is Advertising Business Manager for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to...

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