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Two Red Devils surpass century mark in wins

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MURPHYSBORO -- As the high school wrestling season inches closer to the state tournament, a couple of Murphysboro Red Devils are etching their names into program history.

Along with extensive training and a great knowledge of the sport, being a successful wrestler takes a lot of dedication and discipline.

"I mean, the past three years, I haven't ate Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner. You just got to be able to not eat or drink for a couple days to make weight," said Murphysboro senior Sam Dietz.

For Red Devil wrestlers like Sam Dietz and Ryan Chambers, that dedication started at a young age as part of a wrestling family.

"My brothers have always wrestled, so they used to come over here for park district wrestling, and I would just tag along. So started at the park district, and I just wrestled through high school," said Chambers.

During their careers at Murphysboro, the two have made multiple trips to state, and both have surpassed the century mark in career match wins.

"Yea, anytime you have someone get a hundred wins in their high school career, that's a lot of team points for the team. So that's really awesome, considering that both of them have suffered injuries this year, and they haven't wrestled all the matches that they could have. I mean, a hundred wins, they could be even higher than that," said Murphysboro wrestling coach Shea Baker.

Despite the individual accolades, Dietz and Chambers remained focused on closing out their high school careers on a positive note.

"Beginning, the middle of the season doesn't matter, what it comes down to at the end is a state tournament, regionals, sectionals. That's what I'm looking forward to, that's my goal. Place at state, hopefully do very well up there," said Chambers.

"It would mean the world. It's what I've been working towards for the past twelve years. Working towards a state title," said Dietz.

And a state title would forever seal their legacies as Red Devil greats.

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