The SW wrestling team battled through a little bit of everything this week… sickness, injuries, skin infections, and the normal wear and tear of the regular season. It wasn’t the week we were hoping for as we prepared for the State series and were only able to fill 9 of the 14 weight classes. Obviously disappointing as we started the season hoping to have 12 of the 14 spots filled. With that being said we are so proud of the wrestlers who stepped on the mat this weekend and competed to the best of their ability!
Kat Ramsey finished off her wrestling career as she wrestled hard but fell in her first two matches and was eliminated from the tournament. Kat finished the season with a record of 10-19. Kat is a fighter and battled for the team each and every match, and that is why it has been a awesome having her on the team!
Blake Maloney wrestled at 113lbs. and was able to make it on the podium with a 5th place finish. Unfortunately only top 4 move onto Regional but Blake would be the first alternate if someone was unable to wrestle next week. Blake has wrestled much better the last two weeks and finished the year with a record of 17-20.
Cameron Grove at 138lbs. was the only wrestler on our team who had to wrestle in the first round. Cameron was able to win by fall and stay in the tournament. However at a loaded and deep weight class Cameron was beat the next two rounds and knocked out of the tournament. Cameron had a great season for us and finished the year with a record of 15-15.
At 145lbs. William Fiechter accomplished a feat that not many wrestlers are able to do. He became the one and only wrestler in SW history to become a 4 time Sectional Champion! It wasn’t given to him as he wrestled a tough Alex Currie from AC, but William was able to control the match once again to win a 12-6 decision in the championship match.
At 152lbs. it was a great feeling to have Josh Beeks back on the mat competing for Southern Wells. Josh made a statement in his first two matches winning by a fall in 1:40 and following that up with one of the quickest pins in the state pinning his Bellmont opponent in a time of :05. Josh fell in the championship match to finish the day as a runner-up, but accomplished so much by getting himself back on the mat after the injury he suffered during Christmas break.
At 160lbs. Jed Perry continues to run right through his bracket picking up a Forfeit 1st round, a 1:17 fall in the semi final, and ends the day with a 1:21 pin in the championship match. Jed also accomplished a feat not many wrestlers are able to do as he claims his 3rd Sectional title. Jed heads into this week looking to join the short list of guys to win a Regional for Southern Wells… Vince Fiechter, Seth Biberstine and William Fiechter.
At 170lbs. Jacob Duncan keeps collecting wall charts as he wins his 3rd tournament of the season and his 1st Sectional title. Jacob keeps it exciting as he wrestled Paul Faurote from AC for the 2nd week in a row and picks up a major decison win 14-5.
At 195lbs. Cole Meeks was able to battle through some sickness this week and get himself ready to wrestle by Saturday. Cole fell in his first match by a hard fought 10-4 dec. then went on to win his next match by fall. Cole then lost his next two matches by decisions and finished with a 6th place finish. Cole had an outstanding career and finished the year with a 19-14 record, but that is not what he will be remembered for. I could always count on Cole to be at practice, work hard, be on weight, and wrestle hard every match. That is never under valued and appreciate the hours Cole has put into this sport!
To finish off the day Jesse Turner wrestled at 285lbs. and was able to make the podium on his first sectional tournament with a 5th place finish. Jesse has done such a great job of picking up on the sport of wrestling, in his first year. I can only imagine what he could have accomplished if we could of got him in the wrestling room at an earlier age. Jesse lost the match that would have sent him on to Regional in overtime on a bad stalling call by the official but came back to win his last match of his career, which is not how it ends for most wrestlers.
It was a good day at Sectionals crowning 3 individual champions for the first time ever, but are already looking forward to next week. It will be a big week in the practice room as we prepare to continue to represent Southern Wells high school in the Regional tournament this Saturday. Wrestling starts at 8:30a.m. and would love to see the great support we had for Sectional again this week at Jay County for the Regional tournament. This is a special group of guys doing special things and am so excited for the journey to continue!!