Coach Marc Allison expresses gratitude for the support of the Dunedin High School Falcons wrestling program. City commissioners honored the Dunedin wrestling team and coaches May 7 for taking “8 to states” and for its other accomplishments.
DUNEDIN – For the first time in Dunedin High School’s 50-year history, eight Falcon wrestlers competed in the state championships in Kissimmee, capping off an outstanding 2014-2015 season.
Dunedin City commissioners May 7 recognized Falcons coaches and team members for taking “8 to states” and for their other accomplishments.
Among its honors, the wrestling team took first place in the Falcon Duels, an annual tournament at home, first place in the district for the second consecutive year and their first regional title.
Two of the eight Falcons at the state tournament made it to the second day of eliminations and the team finished with a fifth place state champion wrestler. Two the Falcons earned their 100th wins.
Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski, tongue-in-cheek, gave City Attorney Tom Trask her official notice of a conflict of interest.
Her son Thomas is on the wrestling team and, Ward Bujalski said, “is out there in the sea of faces somewhere.”
“But we do try to honor our baseball team, our wrestling team, our football team when they do great stuff and we’re very, very proud of how they really represent the community this year,” Ward Bujalski said.
Wrestling Coach Marc Allison said the wrestling program is “truly a family.”
“And you can see by the faces here, a bunch of wrestlers, a bunch of coaches, managers,” he said. “Behind us are the family members of those parents, family members of those wrestlers and managers that have gone out of their way along with the community to support our program.”
He said the team could not have the success it had without the help of the city of Dunedin and its facilities, allowing the team to conduct fundraisers for its program.
“We are very grateful for that,” he said.
He also acknowledged businesses such as Old Bay Café and Palm Harbor Dermatology for supporting the program.
‘The truth of it is it couldn’t be done without parents’ commitment to getting our kids to where they need to be, and you would be amazed at the number of hours they put forth to building our program, and those are hours outside of practice and outside of competition,” Allison said. “I’m grateful for everyone here. I love my Dunedin family and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
City commissioners presented a certificate of recognition to Brendan Ditro, a junior who won fifth place in the state championships in the 138-pound weight class. He also achieved all-American status and other honors.
Commissioners also presented the wrestling team with a certificate of recognition and issued a proclamation for their achievements.