Kamren Stewart wins title, Kyle Stewart places fourth in league tourney
After living in the Fayetteville area for a few years, Kyle and Kamren Stewart moved back to Onslow County and are wrestling at Dixon High School.
They are preparing for the 1A East Regional tournament Saturday at Rosewood High School in Goldsboro.
“I taught and coached both [Kyle and Kamren] in seventh grade, so it is great to have them back for their senior year,” said Christopher Brothers, Dixon wrestling coach. “Their rivalry between each other ups the intensity in the practice room, especially when they are going live. They always set the pace during practice because they are trying to best one another. The rest of the team follows suit.”
Kamren Stewart (145 pounds) finished as the Coastal 8 Conference champion at Trask High School in Rocky Point, Jan. 26.
He defeated Lejeune’s Keegan McDonough 7-2 in the title match.
Kyle Stewart (152 pounds) placed fourth in the tournament, losing to Southwest Onslows’s Gaw Jones 8-5 in the third-place match.
DHS took second overall in the tournament with 163.5 points. Croatan High School won the title with 178 points.
“Their [success] is a testament of their [Kyle an Kamren] hard work,” said Brothers. “I am proud of what they did, but they should be proud of themselves. They put the hard work in, and it is their accomplishment. It is great to see their hard work pay off.”
Kamren Stewart and McDonough wrestled this past summer with the All-Marine Wrestling Team on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. They met for another duel during the conference tournament.
“We have wrestled three times this season, which were all close matches,” said Kamren Stewart. “I am excited to be wrestling at Dixon. We are known for our wrestling here.”
He gives a lot of credit for his achievements to his brother.
“My brother and I are similar height and weight,” said Kamren Stewart. “[But] we wrestle in different weight classes for the benefit of the team. It is like wrestling a clone of yourself.”
Kyle Stewart said he and his brother constantly talk about wrestling.
“It is hard to pick out just a few good moments in particular between my brother and I,” said Kyle Stewart. “I would say that when he does well, it reflects well on me. We grow a lot off of each other. We are competitive during practice, but we are always there for each other.”
The Stewart brothers demonstrate their leadership setting the example on the mat.
“A lot of the younger guys see Kamren and I, setting the example on the wrestling mat,” said Kyle Stewart. “If they see us going hard, fighting for every point during our matches, it rubs off on the team, making them want to do the same thing.”
Both give a lot of credit for their success to the Bull Dogs coaching staff.
“Coach Brothers is very good at what he does, especially at our small school,” said Kyle Stewart. “Our line-up is composed of guys that are in their first year of wrestling. [Each] is very good at conditioning, and our conditioning is one of the best in the county. We did win the Onslow County Cup.”
Brothers influence on the Stewart brothers has paid off and says he is excited to see the Stewart brothers find success on the mat.
“For any coach, it takes patience,” said Brothers. “A coach has to be as dedicated as the athletes are. There are wrestling tournaments on Saturdays and offseason workouts. It is a long season, and you have to be excited for the grind regardless of what is going to happen in a match.”