Achieving 100 career wins in wrestling is a challenging and elusive goal. Heathwood's Reagan Olsen, '19, just pulled it off as a sophomore--and won the SCISA state championship in his weight class at the same time.
Wrestling is just one of three sports in which Reagan's making an impact for the Highlanders. He's also a standout in football and baseball and has been a mentor for younger players on all three teams. Here he talks with Heathwood Sports Information Director Andrew Richardson about his leadership style, his own role models, and his favorite things about being a Highlander.
In your sophomore year, you've now had the opportunity to not just play, but become a leader in three different sports. How do you manage the workload of combining the athletics with your full academic course load?
Well, all of the sports are a lot of fun and I enjoy being able to go from season to season. All of my teammates and coaches are great and I just try to give my all for us to succeed. With school, I think the regular schedule of school, practice, and games gives me a good routine.
On this year's team, you do return some great talent but you may have lost some leadership. What has the transition been like as you become one of the older guys on the team?
I think the transition has gone well. Our team has a lot of guys who enjoy wrestling and being around each other. I'm just trying to show the young guys how to do things and how to be a good teammate.
What lessons have you been able to learn from the previous years' seniors?
I've learned a lot. JT (Justin Taylor) and Woodson (Bagnal) really pulled our team together and were great teammates, always cheering other guys on and showing that they believed in us.
As a sophomore, it's probably odd to look back, but what do think about when you think of the career you've put together so far? Additionally, what do you want from the rest of your Heathwood career?
Everything so far has been great. I've enjoyed playing here and hope that we have a lot more success. Thinking ahead, I want to win championships. We were so close last season, and I think we've got the talent to compete this year, and for the next few years. I have no doubt we will win it all.