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AOTW: Claas writing his legacy after his region title win

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Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:52 am

Oconee County High School senior McCrae Claas went to practice with his club wrestling team to quit the sport altogether.

Upon stepping into the humidity-drenched wrestling room and prior to delivering the news of his decision his coach informed him that he was about to be put through the most challenging practice to that point of the season.

Claas was in the eighth grade when he decided to stay at that practice. Over the last four years, he has stayed and developed into one of the Warriors’ most dominant wrestlers. Over the years Claas has challenged himself. In practices, he finds the best wrestlers in the room and trains with them.

“Working with someone who is bigger than you and stronger than you, that helps you and you’ll see the results when you wrestle,” Claas said.

This season Claas has taken the next step toward being mentioned with some of the big-time wrestlers at OCHS. Claas is 150-57 for his high school career. In his senior season, Claas is 42-4. His latest accomplishment came Saturday as he won the Region 8-4A championship in the 126-pound weight class.

His performance has made Claas this week’s Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.

With the individual accomplishments beginning to pile up and only two weeks remaining in his high school wrestling, Claas he is beginning to think about where he stacks among former OCHS greats. He also has begun contemplating what kind of legacy he wants to leave when he comes back to the school after he moves on. Claas wants to be known as a great teammate. Claas acts as a mentor to many of his teammates as former Warrior and two-time state champion Rexx Hallyburton was for him.

“The reactions of returning wrestlers when they come in the room [is intriguing],” Claas said. “I want to be more than a good wrestler. I want to be a good teammate and a good leader.”

Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week is chosen by the sports staff of The Oconee Enterprise. You are welcome to email nominations to sportseditor@oconeeenter-prise.com by Monday at 10 a.m. Rehabilitation & Performance Center can be reached at www.rehabandperformance.com

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