For the second straight year Fleming Island wrestler Briar Jackson is a state champion. Jackson, who won the state title in the 113-pound weight class as a junior, defeated Osceola High School’s Jaekus Hines to win the individual class 3A title in the 120-pound weight class on Saturday.
“It was a big moment and I’m really blessed to accomplish it,” Jackson told 1010XL about his second title. “The way we train every day, you have to believe that anything is possible. We do crazy stuff and it’s not what normal people do in normal programs.
“It was an amazing journey and I’ve been from the bottom all the way to the top in high school. Fleming Island has done a lot over that time to help me.”
Jackson says his team at Fleming Island played a big role in his accomplishment.
“A lot of them are young, but they believe just as well,” Jackson said. “I like giving them somebody to look up to.”
Jackson was asked about the reaction from his family and friends on his second straight state crown.
“They congratulated me, but they know it’s not a surprise,” Jackson said. “They know how much time that I put into it.
“I’m confident in what I do every day. When you do something every day you get good enough to believe in what you are doing.”
Finally, Jackson was asked what departing message he will have for the Fleming Island underclassmen who will have to now fill his shoes.
“I always give them tips whenever I can, but they got to see what it’s like,” Jackson said. “They’re young and now they can make their own journey through high school and whatever way they’re going to go in the sport.”
Jackson was the only local wrestler to bring home a state title this season.
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