DIXFIELD — Members of the TW Kelly Middle School wrestling team celebrated their state championship victory Wednesday by trimming their assistant coach’s beard during a gymnasium assembly.
Gunnar Bradbury’s long beard was cut one piece at a time as members of the team paraded past him as students cheered them on.
Bradbury promised the students earlier in the season “that if they pass the winning states, he’ll get rid of his beard,” principal Jason Long said ahead of Wednesday’s assembly. He said the team haven’t lost since their 2018-19 season.
“(The team) sent nine wrestlers to the state tournament (in March) and all nine wrestlers placed first, second or third. We have to celebrate the kids,” Long said.
Added to the celebration was special speaker Amelia Moore of Norway, who won a bronze medal in the 125-pound class at the 2022 American Boxing Confederation Continental Championships in Ecuador this month.
“It was a great experience,” Moore said. “I fought and beat an Olympian in the quarter-finals and then went to the semi-finals and it was a really, really close fight.”
Moore’s will compete in the 2022 Women’s World Boxing Championships in Turkey in May.
Moore told the students that she had to overcome adversity in her own life: she emancipated herself from her parents at the age of 16. At the time, she had two jobs and had to think about what she would eat each day and where she would stay while studying. for his classes and pursuing varsity sports, becoming captain of the track and field team his senior year.
“(Success) isn’t about being the best all the time, it’s just about being consistent with (work),” she said. “I can’t say it often enough: success literally comes from just showing up every day. It’s just about showing up and getting the job done every day.
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