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January 16, 2008

The Brandon (Florida) High School wrestling team's national record of 459 consecutive victories—the longest record held by any high school team in any sport and spanning nearly 34 years—has been broken. South Dade High School recently defeated Brandon, 32-28.

 

The tournament Brandon was participating in when they lost was by far the sternest challenge to their streak and was even titled the Jim Graves "Beat the Streak" Tournament. Seven of the opposing starters had placed in the state competition and had a crowd cheering, “Beat the streak!” behind them. Also, the top-four teams—Brandon being the top-ranked team—in Florida were competing.

 

While South Dade handed Brandon its first defeat since 1973, Brandon is quick to look to the future. The squad is poised to forget the loss and quickly refocus on building another impressive streak by focusing on advice from upperclassman Kevin Timothy: "Next year we start back at one."

 

Do you think any team in any high school sport will ever top Brandon’s streak?

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