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Dylen Propes Stakes Claim at 2012 Brute Nationals
April 26, 2012Park Hill South High School
Monday, April 9, 2012
Park Hill South Wrestler stakes claim at 2012 Brute Nationals
By Panther Watch
Over 1400 athletes came from 30 states to compete Easter weekend at the 2012 Brute Nationals Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament. The event took place at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Missouri, only minutes from downtown Kansas City. “Brute Nationals is a great tournament. What makes it unique from other national tournaments is that it separates wrestlers by weight and recruiting classes,” said Park Hill South Head Wrestling Coach Dan Dunkin.
Representing Park Hill South was one lone Panther, Freshman Dylen Propes, who brought home 4th place and All American honors in the 155 pound weight class. The F15 Captain lost 9-8 in a heartbreaking final match giving up two back points in the closing seconds. "Of course I'm disappointed that I lost the way I did. It hurts, but I'm proud of what I accomplished," Dylen said. "Going into the tournament I didn't know what to expect. All I knew was I wanted to be an All American."
Propes, who has only been wrestling for six months and never competed at the youth level, went 34-2 on JV and captured five gold medals during his Freshman season. “Dylen is a powerful, motivated, and coachable first-year wrestler,” stated South JV Coach Chris Reuscher. “Throughout the season, he placed in every tournament and continued to improve his skills by working diligently in practice and working with anyone who could make him better.”
Dylen also experienced some of the action on the Varsity team when state ranked Junior Alex Weatherly was sidelined due to a shoulder injury late in the season. "They definitely move at a different speed on Varsity," stated Propes, "When the coaches told me I was wrestling varsity I knew I wasn't ready, but I went out there, took faith in my abilities and gave it all I had."
"I’m nothing but impressed with how far Dylen has come this year," said Coach Duncan, "To compete, let alone place, at a national level tournament his first year in this sport is nothing short of amazing. On a personal note, I like Dylen’s attitude. He’s a hard worker that hates to lose. I can relate.”