Myers endured much on his way to Bankers Life

Dane Fuelling
Sports Editor

When senior Bryer Hall did his back flip after winning the 170-pound state title Saturday night, it was not only the culmination of a great wrestling career, but also a bit of relief for Bellmont freshman Duke Myers, whose season ended at the hands of Hall Friday night.
“It wasn’t just his strength,” said Myers Monday, “he was just so quick. I knew after his first takedown that he was going to come after my ankle again, but it didn’t matter..”
After the expectations for Myers rose and rose following his dominant sectional and regional championships, many forgot that only five freshmen from Bellmont High School had ever won a state wrestling medal. Tim Myers at 103 in ‘92, Nick Koons at 112 and Randy Baker at 145 in ‘99, and T.J. Hays in ‘94 when he took fourth at 145. The greatest performance by a freshman, of course, was John Sheets’ state title at 103 pounds in 2000.
Looking back on the experience and the fact that he had a season at all, Myers says he is relieved.

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