HAVELOCK | It’s tradition, a three-mile run ahead of the NCHSAA regionals.

Even before head coach Chase Holleman attended Havelock High, the wrestling team takes a jog to McDonalds and back, days leading up to the regional tournament.

“I was a freshman in 2001-2002. And even before that, they did this thing called the regional run and we’d always run to McDonalds and back,” Holleman said. “We’ve done it every year, no matter if it rained, snowed, whatever, it’s like a two-and-a-half mile run.

“Some of them look forward to it and some of them don’t. It builds a little bit of camaraderie.”

The Rams, winners of last year’s NCHSAA 3-A regionals, are preparing for this weekend’s tournament at West Brunswick High School, beginning on Friday.

They had four regional champs last year and had 10 qualify for the NCHSAA state championships.

The top four placers on Saturday advance to the state tournament in Greensboro.

“I think the mentality is still good,” Holleman said. “It hasn’t changed – work harder than the other man. I try to remind them every day that there’s always someone working harder than them.

“I read a good article called, ‘When are you going to beat the guys you aren’t supposed to?’ There’s always someone who will be better than you, but you have to be better than them on that one day.”

The Rams have wrestlers seeded in the top seven.

Destin Flloyd, with a 17-0 record, is seeded first in the heavyweight division. Lamonte Frazier (160) and Kendall Frazier (195) are seeded second; Krystian Kinsey (138) is seeded fourth and Jashaun Boone (170) is seeded seventh.

“We are focusing on our strengths more than anything,” Holleman said. “I would like to get six in (to states). Last year, we had 10. Hopefully we have guys near the top at regionals rather than going for third or fourth place.

“They are working hard. They are pushing it a little more. We are focusing more on individuals.”


Adam Thompson is the Sports Editor at the Sun Journal. He can be contacted at 252-635-5669. Follow Adam on Twitter @A_ThompsonNBSJ