DES MOINES | There were no tears. Brock Jennings said he isn’t the crier of the family. He joked and said that mantle belongs to older brother Brady.
All joking aside, there’s one thing the brothers have in common now: Gold medals.
Brock, an Osage senior, avenged three years of coming close in one dominating showing Saturday night, planting Southeast Valley’s Kyler Fisher in 1 minute, 43 seconds in the Class 2A, 170-pound title bout.
“I wanted to dominate the weight class, and I did,” Jennings said. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I won a state title. It feels awesome.”
Everything about the night was perfect for the Jennings family. Jennings’ performance in the match was flawless. Brock’s feeling when the referee slapped the mat is one he will never forget. The same goes for the embrace with his father and the medal presentation a few minutes later.
“This is the right way for us as a family to go out,” coach Jennings said. “Both of them achieved the top of the podium and achieved what they set out to do many, many years ago.
The state title was the 54th in Osage history, and Jennings left little doubt all week that he was far and away the best at his weight.
He recorded three falls and a major decision on his way to state gold.
“I dominated the way I thought I would,” Brock said. “I needed to show up and wrestle well, and I did that. I brought it home.”
After three years of being on the award stand but not reaching the top step, Jennings was able to make the memorable climb to the pinnacle Saturday night.
“It’s always a long time to get to the next year,” coach Jennings said. “You run out of next years eventually. I’d much rather do it this way and see him finish on top his senior year.”