Following up from last year’s state championship, the Wirt County wrestling team welcomes many new faces. Despite losing several seniors, the team is now working towards bringing home another state title. Senior Noah Garrett said, “We are most definitely hoping to win a state title again this year, it will be harder than last year because people know who we are. But after seeing everyone wrestle just in our second tournament, my hopes of other boys qualifying for states went way up. We’re going to be a tough team to beat this year.”
Although there are many new freshmen, they are working hard to live up to the expectations of being on such a successful team. Freshmen AJ Garrett said, “It is a totally different element from middle school wrestling. My goal this season is to place top 4 at regionals to go to states. It would be an awesome experience to win again and I would love to be a part of it.”
One thing this team is not lacking is ambition. Athletes freshmen through senior have high standards for this season, including many goals they have set for themselves. Junior Wyatt Powell said his goal is “to repeat state champs again this year.”
The upperclassmen are not the only wrestlers with high expectations. Freshmen Branson Amos along with many other teammates have the same goal of individually qualifying for states and as a team repeating last year’s win of the state wrestling title.
Senior Noah Garrett said, “When I think of what goals. I want to accomplish this year I don’t necessarily think of personal goals, I want to win LKCs as a team, Regionals as a team and States again. Don’t get me wrong I want to win LKCs and come out on top at Regionals but as a whole, I want to take those three titles as a team.”
Assistant Coach Todd Moore said, “So far the season is going as planned. Our upperclassmen are stepping up nicely and progressing as intended and our seniors are leading the way as they should!” He went on to say, “Some of the challenges we face which always come to the top of my list, is the injury bug, so far we have avoided it.”
In regards to another State Championship, Coach Moore said, “This year’s team in my mind is a lot different than our state champ team we had last year because of all the new faces, but this year’s team has the same amount of potential. We have a lot of experience with our freshmen coming in, which helps a lot. I am certainly looking forward to another good year!”
All eyes are on the promise and potential of the Tiger grapplers repeating as state champs and bringing back to back titles to Elizabeth.