SPARTA — Saturday was an emotional day — wrestling tournaments usually are.
But, Saturday took on an added significance for the Highland wrestling team as it hosted the annual Jeremy Ammons Kilted Klassic.
Ammons, an assistant coach with the Scots, died in a gun accident in June. He had been instrumental in the Scots’ success over the years, helping start the youth program a few years back.
So, Saturday started with a lot more emotion, and quite a few tears, as the Scots dedicated and renamed its Kilted Klassic in Ammons’ honor.
Following the ceremony, the Scots had to regroup and refocus on the action on the mats. They were able to do just that, finishing second to Medina in the 16-school tournament.
“For a lot of the kids, it was the first time they’ve really dealt with it since the funeral in June. I think it really hit home for some of them,” said Highland coach Adam Gilmore. “Some got some closure, which doesn’t necessarily make it easier. It just means you can move on.
“For me, I’ve had to deal with this the whole time. He and I were really good friends. We definitely had to recompose and push forward.”
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