Two-sport athlete from military family got 100th career win, has four tournament titles this season
In less than three years at Dixon High School, Keagan Bolman has filled his wrestling resume with accolades.
So far this season, the junior has gone 32-4 and won four different tournaments, including the Onslow County Classic at 126 pounds earlier this month. He also got his 100th career win this season.
The son of a U.S. Marine and a U.S. Navy Corpsman, Bolman knows that his upbringing has played a major role in becoming who he is today.
“It was really good for me, because my dad would always have me workout,” Bolman said. “It really helped me when I got to high school with my work ethic, because I was never really able to slack with anything.”
The military is a familial backbone for Bolman, who plans to wrestle in college before commissioning in the Marine Corps as an officer. His brother is also a Marine, and his grandfather was one, too.
The culture of the Dixon wrestling program has also made Bolman better.
The Bulldogs, who are 14-3 as a team, won the Onslow County Cup earlier this month and had five individual champions, more than any other team. They also took first out of 18 teams at the King of Kings Invitational in Mint Hill, Jan. 11.
“With all the good wrestlers in the room, you are constantly wrestling competition to make you better, so you never have a moment to slack,” Bolman said. “With that in the room, you are always getting better, leaving practice better every day, and it just makes you a better wrestler.”
Bolman’s goals for the team moving forward are to send as many wrestlers as possible to states, winning the conference tournament and winning regionals on their way to the state duals.
In order to achieve his goals, Bolman is relying on what has gotten him to where he is today – hard work, something he would advise anyone, regardless of task.
“Whatever you are doing, work hard,” Bolman said. “If you don’t push yourself, you are not going to get better.”
Bolman won the Coastal 8 Conference (1A/2A) and 2A East Regional titles a year ago. This year’s conference tournament is scheduled for Feb. 1 at Richlands High School.