BRANDON — Alonso's wrestling team has become the new centurions.
The Ravens defeated Gaither 60-15 in the first match this season to win their 100th in the program's eight-year history, and four team members should notch 100 individual career wins this season.
"We are in our eighth year as a school and our wrestling program is on a solid foundation," Alonso coach John Moore said. "One hundred team wins is a milestone for any team and to have four kids making the same mark as individuals speaks well of the type of people they are."
Under Moore's guidance the Ravens have become the most dominant public school program in northwest Hillsborough County.
"Of course there are many other team and individual goals to achieve, but for this time and place, I believe the hard work and determination of our kids, now and from past teams, have put them above the average," Moore said.
Three individual centurions are seniors, one is a junior. All want to be part of building traditions others after them can look to for encouragement.
Senior 135-pounder Josh Moore has topped the century mark with a record of 103-40. He has taken the self-discipline and hard work needed for wrestling into his academics, carrying a 4.2 GPA while taking honors courses.
Kendall Ivy (189 pounds), Mike Roberts (152) and junior Tony Milanes (119) could pass 100 individual wins by the time of district tournaments in early February.
Ivy is 93-25, Roberts 88-41 and Milanes 89-22.
"Honestly, I wasn't sure of my personal career record until now," Ivy said. "Wrestling requires an all-out individual effort, but the combined individual efforts build a team. Every win I get helps build the team tradition."
Moore set a standard for his wrestlers to follow; he calls it the four D's: dedication, desire, details and discipline.
"The four individuals who should become centurions this season exemplify the four D's," Moore said. "They take that pattern into the classroom and hopefully into the rest of their lives. All carry a minimum 3.0 GPA.
"It is really fun to watch these young men grow and develop."