To say this least, I don’t think I’ve been through a more physically and emotionally taxing day of wrestling than Saturday.
Mechanicsburg hosted the District 3 Class 3A Section III tournament and it was a long day for most, but even longer for Nick Tewell and myself. After we both suffered unexpected losses we found ourselves in the blood rounds. For me, if I lost, it wasn’t just my season that was over, it was my high school career on the line. Hearing it might not sound that emotional, but to be in that position, it’s no fun. I knew I was going to have to wrestle calm and relaxed to be able to wrestle back into the tournament to place, at a minimum, fourth. At the end of the day, Tewell took fourth place and I claimed third, so we will both be wrestling at the Giant Center in the district tournament.
When I realized that there was a chance my career could be ended in the consolation semis, there was a huge amount of pressure on me. I knew the only way to relieve the pressure was to win my match. Normally, I’d hype myself up and get angry before I wrestle, but I went out calm, collected and methodical, which allowed me to pull through with a victory. Once the match had ended, I didn’t immediately get up and walk to the line to shake hands. I sat on the mat for a couple seconds as it set in that I was that close to having my high school career ended. I don’t want to be done and that will be my motivation to pursue a spot in the state tournament.
Finally, I’d like to thank everyone that came out to support us. My friends and family aren’t your average fans. Every match they were the ones taking pictures, yelling to motivate the wrestlers and making sure that you felt supported 100 percent of the time. Thanks again to all that came and helped out at the tournament, as well as be there for the wrestlers.