There was something about Bruno Reagan that left such an impression on former Clarksville High wrestling coach Jeff Jordan that the longtime, legendary coach spoke glowingly of the then-freshman.
Jordan has always been known for his honesty and when a wrestler is good, he’ll say it. When they aren’t, he’ll say it. And when he expressed that he was in awe of what Reagan was and could become, he wasn’t talking for just the benefit of the program.
Jordan resigned last year after 19 years at the helm of building a power, but his successor, Jacky Blosser, got to see just what Jordan was talking about. Reagan finished the season a perfect 54-0 and captured the state individual championship at 285 pounds, capping a season few wrestlers in the history of the state have accomplished — going undefeated while winning a state title.
“And then he won the state title by pinning everyone except one guy during the region individual and state individual tournament,” Clarksville High’s recently resigned coach Jacky Blosser said. “You have to go way back to find somebody that’s done all of that.”
And for Reagan’s accomplishments he was named The Leaf-Chronicle All Area Wrestler of the Year. The award is voted on by the newspaper’s sports staff while the All Area Wrestling Team is selected by the area’s athletics directors.
“After a disappointing sophomore year, taking fourth at state, I just decided that I was going to work my butt off to make sure I didn’t lose another match,” the junior said. “So much of wrestling is mental. It’s more mental than physical and it’s an intensely physical sport. But the way you beat guys comes from using your head more than your strength.”
Reagan capped his season not only winning the heavyweight state title in Franklin but by pinning his opponent in the process. It was a dramatic end to a dramatic season.
“The thing I learned about last year was to respect the opponent,” Reagan said. “I had my bumps along the way but losing last year taught me to respect the competition and know that if you’re not focused for one minute, it could be over.”
Reagan, who also had a stellar year on the football field for the Wildcats, wasn’t surprised he could win a state title. He may have never guessed he’d win all 54 of his matches. The Wildcats star has been practicing Judo since he was young and his father Mack Reagan owns the Clarksville Judo Club. Leverage, hand-eye coordination and footwork are essential in Judo and it makes for a talented wrestler.
When Blosser arrived, Reagan developed a close relationship to the new CHS coach as Blosser stressed technique.
“Coach Blosser really hammered home the technique,” Reagan said. “Coach Jordan was great at conditioning and weightlifting and the mental edge you need to be great. So it’s like I got the best of both worlds by getting a chance to be coached by both guys. I think it’s all helped me.”
Reagan entered the dual season last November as one of the top heavyweights along with Beech’s Taylor Podnay. But Reagan quickly reached the state’s No. 1-ranked heavyweight and he would never relinquish that designation. In the span of five weeks, he beat Podnay in the region dual title match, in the region individual championship match and then pinned Podnay in the state title match to become the first CHS wrestler to win a state crown in 13 years.
Reagan will enter his senior year as clearly the man to beat. And the only encore is to duplicate his junior year.
“That’s the goal,” he said.