During the 2020-2021 season, wrestling has been one of the most difficult sports to regulate due to COVID-19. Baylor and McCallie are some of the lucky few high schools able to participate in the 2021 winter roll.
This year, the rivalry match looked very different without the large crowds of students supporting both sides. Although the stands were limited to family members and the crowd was socially distanced, Baylor wrestling had a memorable senior night.
Heath Snodgrass and six other seniors led Baylor to a 51-14 win against Mccallie. In an interview, head coach Rex Kendle commented that “Heath Snodgrass is a kid that has done everything the right way. … In this day of instant gratification, not a lot of people will hang on when things go against him. But he earned his spot this year, and the team even elected him as team captain.”
Snodgrass won the 220-pound matchup against Carson Gentle from McCallie. Garrison Dendy, a Baylor junior, won his match against three-time state champion Emory Taylor. Coach Kendle reflected on Dendy’s performance saying, “That was a good win for Garrison. I was proud of the heart our guys showed in some places tonight, but I still think we aren’t firing on all cylinders yet.” Baylor wrestling has had a tough start and an inconsistent season amidst the pandemic but is leading the way to earn a third state TSSAA Division II state duals title in February.*
*(Editor's Note: The Baylor wrestling team won a third straight state duals championship on February 6. Keep reading The Baylor Notes to stay up-to-date on the Baylor wrestling team."