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Tyler Garvin is "still the guy"

Rising Sun senior Tyler Garvin is on pace to become only the Tigers' second wrestler to win three state titles and first to complete his career without ever experiencing a loss.


Ranked No. 1 by Legacy Wrestling, the 120-pound two-time Class 2A-1A state champion won his third straight Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference title with falls in 3:07, 1:48 and 1:50.


Garvin, who led the Tigers to the overall team title ahead of runner-up C. Milton Wright, will be after his third straight regional crown this weekend, has a record on the year of 37-0 that includes 24 pins and five technical falls, and a career mark of 129-0 to go with 77 pins and 16 technical falls.

 As a repeat state champion, Tyler Garvin is tied with 1994 graduate Jason Townsend and Anthony Cimorosi (2013) but can surpass those two at the Class 2A-1A state tournament on March 1-2 at Show Place Arena.


Garvin is not only on pace to join 2008 graduate Matt Jackson – who placed third at states as a freshman – as the Tigers only other three-time state champion, but he can be the first Rising Sun wrestler to complete his entire high school career without suffering defeat.


Tyler's father, Luke, 44, was a 103-pound Class 2A-1A state champ in 1996 and a runner-up at 112 pounds in 1997. Tyler’s uncle, Seth, 45, was a third-place finisher at 112 pounds in 1995. Former head coach Dean Cox, who guided Townsend, Luke and Seth, has joined this year's coaching staff.

"I feel pressure, but I think pressure is a privilege, especially when you’re “The Guy.”  There’s pressure for everyone who is top-ranked and who has everyone gunning for you," said Garvin, an A student who is committed to the University of Maryland where he plans to major in Kinesiology. "That just comes with the territory. I just think about putting a target on everybody else’s back and taking everybody else out."



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