First, the disappointment was replayed over and over in their heads in the 90-minute drive home.
And as soon as the Harris brothers arrived home from last week’s Class 4A Region I tournament for Yelm High School, they slipped in the videotape of their regional finals’ defeats.
Neither could recall the last time the two of them lost on the same night.
And they don’t want it to happen again at Mat Classic XXV in the Tacoma Dome.
Somewhat embarrassed and extremely energized, sophomore Darren Harris and senior Dillon Harris rolled through their first two matches at the state wrestling championships on Friday.
And in the afternoon quarterfinals, both had to get through regional champions to advance – and did in dominating fashion. Darren Harris pinned Union’s Daniel Rice in 52 seconds in the 113-pound weight class, and Dillon Harris won a 13-2 decision over Battle Ground’s Adam Peterson at 138.
Both kept exchanging the words “disappointment” for “motivation” as they talked about their renewed approach this week.
“Today I wanted to go out and set the tone,” Darren said.
“It just hit me that this was my senior year,” Dillon said. “I don’t want to regret it.”
Joining the Yelm brothers in the Saturday semifinals will be senior Anthony Allred, who registered a pair of pins in his matches at 160. The last was a pin of Tahoma’s Chris McElroy in 3:50.