Wrestling continuing its legacy

Jack Proctor

Last season the wrestling team saw
much success, bringing in four individual
state championships. With
two out of the four state champions
returning, the Hawks are due for another
great year. The team’s goals are
set high as they look to bring home
their second team state championship
in three years.
“The overall goal for this group is
going to be to win a team state championship.
In order to achieve this we
will need to stay focused and dedicated
throughout the long four-month
season. A team state championship is
the ultimate team goal,” Coach Aaron
Bradley said.
A large portion of the team will
be returners from last year and previous
years. This experience should
help them stay focused and on task
throughout the season. It will also
help with the development of the
younger wrestlers.
“The guys who have already done
what I strive to do [win a state championship]
are really good role models
of what it takes to be a great wrestler
and a state champion. I look forward
to practicing with them every day,”
sophomore Caleb Smither said.
Among these returners are the defending
states champions of the 195
pound weight class, T.J. Allen and the
220 pound weight class, Tanner Lacey.
Both were also on the 2013 state champion
team. These seniors will be looking
to repeat what they did last year.
“It would be great to go back to
back and win two state championships
in two years. We also have a big tournament
called Beast of the East that
I would like to place top four in. I’ll
need hard work and dedication every
day, just working to get better, and
pushing the other guys to get better
too,” Allen said.
Lacy has similar goals.
“My goals are to dominate. Where
I work out we have a saying. ‘It’s a
small thing to a giant, I am the giant,
and the game is the small thing. I will
dominate the game, the game will
never dominate me’ –Craig Coles. That
is how I am approaching this season,”
Lacy said.
The Hawks know they will get consistently
strong performances from
the upperclassmen but having them
as mentors will be huge in increasing
the production from the underclassmen
and newcomers. Because the juniors
and seniors have been in many
postseason matches, they know how
to perform in tough circumstances and
should lead by example.
With the upperclassman helping to
develop young wrestlers, the Hawks
should have a team with lots of depth.
This depth will help far into the season
when wrestlers start to get physically
tired and mentally fatigued. It will also
allow some room for injury which is
important in a sport such as wrestling
where injury is customary.
As long as the team stays healthy
and focused they should be destined
for yet another season to remember.
Spirits are definitely running high
and anticipation is even higher. The
Hawks know what kind of talent they
have and what they are capable of doing.
However, when the regular season
starts in a couple of weeks, it will just
be a matter of coming into the season
with the right attitude and work ethic.

 

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