Since Reservoir opened its doors in 2002, there have only been three years when there was not a Kilcarr to be found on the wrestling mats.
Trent Kilcarr has been a part of a family legacy of wrestlers at the school. Having three older brothers who have graduated from Reservoir, including 2014 graduate and state champion Mason Kilcarr, along with two brothers on the team with him now, Kilcarr has been around the sport and school ever since he can remember.
As he prepares for the final stretch of his last high school season with a 9-4 record entering Jan. 12, Kilcarr reflects on how his season has gone, his recovery after a first round loss at the state tournament last season and how wrestling with his twin brother everyday has its ups and downs.
How do you feel your season has gone so far?
Pretty good. I think I have four losses, three of them were at Mount Mat Madness, mostly against private school kids and Virginia teams and guys I won't see in the postseason, so I'm not really that worried about them. I only have one loss in the county so far to Jeff Hayden of Mt. Hebron, and I don't think I'll have another.
You had a pretty good state tournament last season. What did it mean to you to place fourth after losing your first match?
That was awesome. My first match, I had some kid I never heard of before from Damascus, I didn't think he would be that tough. Turns out he beat me my first match at states, so it kind of (messed me up) a little bit. But I just kept wrestling and I met him again in the consolation semifinals for third and fourth and I beat him in overtime. So that was awesome, and then I ended up placing fourth.
That was a memorable match if I remember correctly.
Yeah, I was down 6-0 until about 30 seconds left in the third period and then I escaped, took him down and put him on his back in a cradle and got six points. We went into overtime and I took him down and won the match.
What have you done to prepare for this season?
I did offseason wrestling more than usual. I went to Florida and wrestled at the Disney Duals with a team of Maryland wrestlers. I saw a lot of tough competition and learned a lot from my offseason coach. I wrestled at Glenelg Country School with their coach Doug Jesse and a few other coaches that came down to Florida with us and I just learned a lot. And now (coach Andy McIntyre) is conditioning us well.
You have had three older brothers wrestle and graduate from Reservoir and two brothers on the team with you now. What's it like to be a part of this family legacy of wrestlers there?
It's a blast. We have a mat in our basement at home and we wrestle pretty much all the time. Mason comes home and shows us moves he's learning at George Mason, where he's wrestling Division I. He shows us moves that will just get us better and we learn from him and follow in his footsteps. Peyton (who graduated in 2006) and Bryce (who graduated in 2007), we're just a big family of wrestlers.
What's your earliest Reservoir wrestling memory?
Watching Peyton and Bryce. I saw Peyton lose on his senior night when he was up 14-0 and got lateral dropped and pinned. I went to all their tournaments, all their matches. I've been watching Reservoir wrestling since before I can remember.
What are your goals for the rest of the season?
I definitely want to place first in everything. I think I can place first in counties and regions. States will be tough, but I definitely think I can make it to the finals and give whoever is there with me a run for their money.
Take me through your pre-match routine.
I don't listen to music or anything. I just think about what I'm going to do in my match. I think about how I'm going to take them down, if I take them down what I'm going to do. I just think about every case scenario and then go out there and wrestle prepared.
When was your first time wrestling?
I was five years old. I wrestled a tournament at Mount Saint Joe. I don't remember how I did, but I probably have a trophy or something somewhere.
You've been wrestling for 12 years now. Has it hit you yet that you only have a handful of matches left in your high school career?
Not really. I'm still deciding if I want to wrestle in college or not. That's kind of a big decision, but we'll see. I think it's really going to hit me when I'm done wrestling, that last state tournament match or off-season if I do any of that. That's when I'm going to be like, (man), I should have wrestled in college, (man), I'm really done with wrestling. I'll find out when I get there.
How close are you to your brothers and the rest of your family?
We're very tight. All my brothers. I'll see every brother at least once a week, except for Mason because he's off at college wrestling and is really busy. But for the most part I would say our family is super close.
What's it like to wrestle with your twin brother Troy everyday?
Oh my god, it gets annoying. We fight a lot in practice. If one of us slacks off, the other one will just talk (smack) to get us in the right mindset or we will just beat (up) one another and that will usually work.
Has it helped you to wrestle with him everyday?
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Yeah, I'd say we're two of the best on the team, and us wrestling each other can only make us better. There's some benefits, but there's also — it can get annoying. I mean, I see him everyday, I live with him. Just how he acts, I think we irritate each other a little bit at practice every now and then.