The medal ceremony is one of the best moments at the district wrestling meet at Conrad High School. The female announcer calls out the names as the top four finishers receive their medals.
“And the first-place winner is Jeremiah Cooper of North Dallas High School,” she says, announcing the winners in the 138-pound weight class.
And Jeremiah takes his place, atop the medal stand, to receive his medal from Brad Burns, assitant athletic director for wrestling with the Dallas ISD.
“It feels great,” Jeremiah says. “I’m aiming for the top.”
Jeremiah defeated Caleb Lewis of Kimball in a 3-2 decision to win the 138-pound weight class. The match was a battle of strengths as they grappled to gain points.
“It was good, it was tough. I fought through it,” Jeremiah said. “He was crazy strong. But I used my technique.”
Jayla McIntosh finished second at 165 pounds and Holli Quach finished fourth at 110 pounds, and they will be joining Jeremiah at regionals next week in Frisco.
North Dallas coach Matthew Clay was pleased with the team progress.
“I think we did well,” Clay said. “Our girls came in top seven and we only brought two boys and they did well. Jeremiah is the district champ and we have Jayla who finished second and Holli finished fourth. All three will represent North Dallas next week at regionals.”
Clay said the team will “go back to the mat and work, work, work” next week.
Jayla lost to KiAundr Green in the 165-pound finals.
“Overall today, I did pretty good,” said Jayla, who also advanced to regionals last year. “Last year, I got fourth place in district and this year, I got second. So I’m progressing as the years go by.”
While the finals match was short, Jayla said she learns her opponent.
“I know eventually I’m going to have to face them again,” she said. “I just know how they set up their moves and everything.”
Holli lost to Samuel’s Melanie Carbajal in the third-place match, and finished fourth.
“Yes, this is actually my first year wrestling so I’m kinda glad,” Holli said. “I went for third place but I finished fourth so I can still make my way up. I expected to be a lot different and more tough. But it’s actually pretty fun in a way. Being agressive is fun.”