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Mac wrestling aims to stay atop mountain

It is said by some that the hardest thing to do in sports is not winning a championship, but rather repeating as champion.

The pressure of delivering a title is almost always there for most teams and coaches, but when you are the reigning title-holder, that pressure is met by the expectation of doing it again.

After all, you did it before. Shouldn't you be able to do it again?

For MacArthur wrestling coach Bobby Cook, this season was different from previous years, if only because of the burden of expectation. The program had captured the dual and individual state championships in 2017, the first time in 27 years Mac had won either title.

Despite losing the likes of Dylan Rowland and Wyatt Adams, Mac returned enough talent for the 2017-18 season to be considered one of the favorites to win both 5A titles again.

Step one was accomplished Saturday when the Highlanders captured the dual state title for the second consecutive year. And although the motivation may have been different, Cook said he didn't dare change the way his team prepared or approached competitions.

"I don't think any of those things should ever change," Cook said. "But you do have to take a different approach in terms of how to focus with a team that's trying to defend, especially when you're a program that's always been relevant and always been in the hunt, but it's been a while."

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