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In My Words: Donovon Ball, Cedar Cliff Wrestling

Saturday afternoon my teammates and I fell short of our overall team goal that we had worked for all year. We wrestled a great postseason and needed to win one more match to be able to place Top 4.

We fell short to Council Rock South South 31-23 in the consolation semifinals of the PIAA Class 3A tournament. We were able to go out and lose “the right way” as some have stated. Down by five going into the last match, our guy needed a big move to get six points (a pin) and got illegally slammed trying to do so.

If he would’ve stayed down and ran out the injury clock, we get six points. Match is over and we win the dual. But that’s not how we do things at Cedar Cliff. If he was able to compete he was going to, so that’s what he did. He got back up and finished the last 37 seconds as our season came to an end.

It’s hard to believe that this is last time that me and my best friends will compete on the same dual team together. We like to call ourselves “Ohana” at Cedar Cliff. As they say in the movie “Lilo and Stitch,” “Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind.” At Cedar Cliff everyone part of the program is part of that “family,” we will always support you and want the best for you as you are with us through the highs and lows of the season.

With that being said, we support our teammates’ decision to get up and finish the match. We believe that we are still a Top 4 team in the state even if we do not have the hardware. We were able to prove it on the mat these past two weeks and become the best team in Cedar Cliff history.

This has been a great journey for our team and I’ll cherish this forever, but there are 12 of us that aren’t done yet. The individual season is upon us and we all have big goals in mind. Although we are all looking down the road and are excited for what’s ahead, we have to take it one match at a time and, most importantly, enjoy every second of it as most of our high school wrestling careers are coming to an end.

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