The recent Broughton-Enloe wrestling match came down to one, single bout.
Capitals junior Jasper Lassiter lined up to face Rykeem McMillian, who was nearly 20 pounds heavier than Lassiter.
McMillian took a quick lead, with Broughton clinging to a small 34-33 edge.
But Lassiter, who had never before wrestled against McMillian, tapped into his technique, got the reversal to pin his opponent and clinched the Cap-8 Conference victory for the young Capitals.
“I just go into the match and work with my technique and what I know,” Lassiter said. “(McMillian) was a lot bigger than me. I had to focus on more technique than strength.”
Lassiter started wrestling three years ago as a freshman. He’s always been in the 220-pound weight class.
He started playing sports in the sixth grade, and also plays football and lacrosse. It turns out he’s really into contact sports, which is how he was introduced to wrestling.
“My friend told me I should wrestle because it was a good way to stay in shape and that I would probably like it because I like being aggressive,” Lassiter said.
His match-clincher over Enloe, he hoped, gave Broughton confidence as it entered the Cap-8 wrestling tournament at Sanderson on Saturday.
He said although the team is young, big wins have meant a lot.
“It’s helping us because I think that it gives us more confidence because we’re winning more matches,” Lassiter said.
While the three-sport athlete enjoys each activity on the field, he looks to focus on wrestling his senior year, staring this offseason, as “I have more fun doing wrestling, and it’s something I’m better at than football,” Lassiter said.
He said he’s grown a lot as a wrestler and wants to continue his growth.
“The conditioning was hard at first,” Lassiter said. “You had to condition yourself, and then you had to learn a lot of technique, reversals and how not to be reversed. (Wrestling is) something I love. I love being around the people. I love being around the coaches. It’s something I enjoy doing.”
Jessika Morgan: 919-829-4538, @JessikaMorgan
Sport / Event: Wrestling / 220-pound class
Fun fact: Started with football and lacrosse but likes wrestling more