2009 Eppert vs Wright 119lbs. The final matchup. Great match and I admit I may be a bit biased butit was electric!
Flashback to the 2008 NC semi state. I was leaving before the finals due to a family birthday party that I was "strongly encouraged" to attend. I crossed paths with Camden Eppert on my way out, we spoke briefly and I told him he was looking good and good luck in the finals. Got to my truck and realized, wait, ah, naw, surely that doesn't apply to wrestling. Imagine my horror when I received a call a few hours later that Eppert lost. Must have been my fault, you know, the jinx, I have never directly wished a wrestler good luck since, well, not one that I wanted to win anyway.
Back to the 2009 finals. I was fortunate to be with a group of great people in a suite (spoils ya for sure!). The Wright/Eppert match was brought up and everyone was picking Wright, I was silent. Several friends asked me, who ya got. Eppert I said, no way he loses to Wright again. There may or may not have been a friendly wager. Sucker, I had inside information. Eppert won the tight, exciting match as we know and I was relieved to say the least.
To all the old Anderson Highland fans, Coaches and the Eppert family, I hope you can find it in you heart to forgive me. As Paul Harvey used to say, now you know the rest of the story. So to all the wrestlers tomorrow. Good, err, well, best, nah, leave it all on the mat!!!
Respectfully and humbly yours,
Ron Allen Jr (no, not the realtor )