I knew he had the ability to be a state champion. It was a switch turned on in him just before the state tournament and he just went for it.

This is a great birthday present. This is a great turnout here tonight. This is what we want as far as the fans and the support and the enthusiasm of everyone because we want this to be a top tournament for everyone.

What an accomplishment. I told my entire team that, 'When you advance to the second day, you are one of the top 12 wrestlers in the state.' I couldn't be happier.

We said from the start that we wanted to finish in the top two at state. In 10 years, that is what people are going to remember, not who won the Lake Weir tournament.

In my mind, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us. This is 13 years I've been here and we've never come close to having a team like we have right now.

We made our schedule really, really hard this year. We kind of didn't care about what our record was. We just wanted to get the toughest competition we (could) so that we'd be ready for this weekend.