BCS Advantage Magazine Spring 2016 - Page 18

Jets Wrestling A Perennial Powerhouse By Ben Rickert, Digital Communications Specialist Corbin Dion, conference champion, prepares to start his match. E xpectations are high for wrestlers of all levels in the Enka district of Buncombe County, as each year they prove to be among the best in the state. In the last three years, the Jets of Enka Middle have finished in the top three for the 2016 Junior High State Championship, and this season, they finally took the title home. Led by coach Mike Shaffer, the team has extended its winning streak to a remarkable 67 consecutive dual match victories, and has finished its fifth consecutive year as conference season and tournament champions. Enka High’s wrestling team has seen impressive victories in the recent years, as well, which is in part due to these fine wrestlers taking their sport to the next level. “We continually strive to create a program where students can learn the values of hard work and ded- ication that will build success on the mat and in the classroom,” says Shaffer. “We want everyone who comes through our program to leave with the attitude that through hard work anything is possible.” While the team’s coaches are certainly proud of their athletes and their outstandin