Andrew Dickerson has wrestled all four years at Western Albemarle, winning a pair of Jefferson District championships along the way. He also recently passed a career milestone, picking up win number 100, a mark he wasn't sure he'd reach when he started.
"I didn't start out as a freshman, winning 100 matches," Dickerson explained. "But slowly progressing, and seeing myself get better, and then reaching that 100 win milestone was a big accomplishment. I felt very satisfied."
Although wrestling is an individual sport, Dickerson has worked hard to make Western a team. A two-year captain, he's organized offseason workouts and mentors his younger teammates.
"He gets it," Western coach Adam Mulcahy said. "He know that's important, and he wants to feel the success of a winning team, not just as an individual, which has really helped us improve and make great strides here at Western the last two seasons."
"To me being a captain is really cool," Dickerson said. "I get to lead a great bunch of guys, take them through warmups and set an example for them when I go out to wrestle. And wrestle to my abilities, be a good sport about everything."
Dickerson doesn't just represent Western Albemarle on the mat. He also serves as the school's student representative with the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
"We basically just provide recommendations from a student's point of view on how the school system can be improved," he explained.
A 3.9 GPA student in the classroom, Dickerson will wrestle in college at Stevens Institute of Technology. He says it will be a step up from the high school ranks and a challenge he's looking forward to.
"(In college) that's what wrestlers are there to do. They're not on the team because their Dad or anyone is making them do it."
With his time as a Warrior coming to a close, Dickerson says his goal is to inspire and teach the next group of Western wrestlers.
"My drilling partner this year is a freshman, and having him follow in my footsteps -- because I got 100 wins, he wants 100 wins -- I think is cool, that there's people younger than me who want to succeed like I have. And hopefully do better than I have."
"Here's a senior who's worked for four years, he's a four-year starter. He's the bar setter. And you have to surpass him. That's your goal. To be like what Andrew was," Mulcahy added.