Most high school athletes who enjoy great success in their sport of choice look forward to continuing their prowess at the college level. Not so with Goose Creek wrestler Caleb Rubin.

Coming Sunday

The Post and Courier’s high school basketball players of the year and All-Lowcountry teams will be featured in Sunday’s sports section.

Rubin, who finished his senior season with a 38-0 record and won the Class AAAA state championship at 220 pounds, has worn the singlet for the final time.

Rubin, The Post and Courier All-Lowcountry wrestler of the year, says he will not pursue the sport in college, choosing instead to focus on academics and life outside of wrestling.

Rubin said his decision to stop competing in wrestling was not difficult.

“It’s a tough sport and I love it, but it has been tough on me physically and mentally over the years,” said Rubin, who plans to major in finance in college. “I’ve been doing this for 12 to 14 years and it has been hard work. Winning the state championship sort of finalized everything for me. I felt it was the perfect way to finish my career in the sport and now I can leave with no regrets.”

Rubin said he knew what he had to do going into his final state wrestling tournament.

“It was a long time coming — a lot of hard work and disappointments along the way,” he said. “It was really a relief to get it done because I knew I would never have another shot. I was so mentally focused and physically ready going into the meet. I was very confident I could get it done.”

Last season, Rubin wrestled in the 160-pound weight class and lost in the Class AAAA championship match after suffering a broken foot.

“It was my motivation every day,” he said of last year’s heartbreak.

Adding to his joy of winning his only state gold medal was that his twin brother, Christian, also won his first and only state championship on the same day. Christian won the 182-pound championship.

“It was great to see him win his match before I wrestled and it was a great day overall for me, him and my mom,” Rubin said.

Rubin says his mother, Kristen Lash, deserves most of the credit for the twins’ success in wrestling.

“My mom wanted us to succeed so desperately that she would drive her car as me and Christian ran at 5 in the morning just to make sure we were safe,” he said. “She taught us the value of hard work and we would not be where we are today if not for all she has done.”

Ashley Ridge coach Stacey Woods, who guided the Swamp Foxes to the Class AAAA state duals finals for the first time in school history, is the All-Lowcountry coach of the year.

ALL-LOWCOUNTRY WRESTLINGFirst Team

106 pounds

Dougie Metts, Berkeley

4th place Class AAA state meet

113 pounds

Anthony Wells, North Charleston

3rd place Class AA-A state meet

120 pounds

Caleb O’Quinn, Colleton County

3rd place Class AAAA state meet

126 pounds

Robert Cameron, Ashley Ridge

3rd place Class AAAA state meet

132 pounds

Jack Grooms, Bishop England

2nd place Class AA-A state meet

138 pounds

Antonio Champaigne, Military Magnet

Quarterfinals Class AA-A state meet

145 pounds

Tanner Trephan, Ashley Ridge

2nd place Class AAAA state meet

152 pounds

Santarion Frasier, Burke

State champion Class AA-A

160 pounds

Jonathan Parker, Fort Dorchester

State champion Class AAAA

170 pounds

A.J. Alford, Fort Dorchester

State champion Class AAAA

182 pounds

Christian Rubin, Goose Creek

State champion Class AAAA

195 pounds

Alex Todd, Hanahan

3rd place Class AAA state meet

220 pounds

Caleb Rubin, Goose Creek

State champion Class AAAA

285 pounds

John Simpson, Fort Dorchester

2nd place Class AAAA state meet

Honorable Mention

Jordan Aluyan, Fort Dorchester; Tito Colon, Goose Creek; Darren Scott, Wando; Isreal Schultz, Goose Creek; Josh Manigding, Stratford; Corban Pritt, Wando; Devin Dicarlo, Wando; Nicholas Qualls, Stratford; Jaden Jenkins, Ashley Ridge; Hayden Prince, Stratford; Lamar Gray, Stratford; Drew Parker, Fort Dorchester; Maurice Phillips, Ashley Ridge; JD Harrelson, Stratford; Tyler Farr, Cane Bay; Seth Hughes, Wando; Owen Trephan, Wando; Koree Morgan, Summerville; QuMari Jackson, Fort Dorchester; Kenton Kelley, Stall; Dalton Coker, Hanahan; Andrew Collins, Bishop England; Ezekial Thomas, Military Magnet; Coleman Kiester, Academic Magnet; Brandon Blake, St. John’s; Lennard Harmon, Timberland; Cooper Youngblood, Timberland; Taylor Smith, Bishop England; Jermain Gadsden, Timberland; Monsell Carter, Garrett; Eric Vettle, Bishop England; David Mitchum, Timberland; Malik Drayton, Garrett; Tracey Loriek, Military Magnet.