Midland Valley wrestling coach smiling bright with early success of the program

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Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Graniteville, SC--It's the start of a new era in Aiken County on the sports front. Last year, the school board approved wrestling to be added. Some schools started this year, others will start next. Among those hitting the mats already, Midland Valley .

Kevin Emily has been given a blank slate with the Mustangs and has been more then impressed with how the kids have responded. Emily says the work ethic and the willingness to learn has been off the charts and it's paying off with success, even more then he expected.

"I told them I don't know what's going to happen this year, but something magical is going to happen, and it's already happening. I just show up to practice and show the moves and then they go out there on the weekends and in dual meets and I'm like this...(jaw drops open, and Kevin Emily laughs), and so, it's fun." said Kevin Emily

"The team is surprisingly, they're excellent. They listen to coach and they all come together and perform as one unit." said Dalton Atkinson

These kids have no preconceived notions of how to wrestle, and so there's no bad habits. What they do have is classmates who walk the halls that have won in other sports. That, is the challenge these kids have taken on and looking to leave their own legacy at the school.

"It's just something new, I wanted to make history for the school and Aiken County and I want to be the first state champion in the history of Aiken County" added Atkinson

"We won our first dual meet and I was like, we won, and they were all looking at me like this, and I was like you guys aren't happy are you? They were like (he shakes his head), and I said good, that means you guys are hungry." added Emily

Mustangs have already had an individual finish 2nd in a tournament and Kevin Emily thinks the team or some of these kids could be ranked when that comes out this week.