Senior Kyan Gamble tries to take down and pin in opponent in a dual meet at KHS/ (Amanda Marvin)
Senior Kyan Gamble tries to take down and pin in opponent in a dual meet at KHS/

Amanda Marvin

Wrestlers ready to pin it to win it

Sectionals Champs: Jaquan East - 170lbs (senior) Chad Washburn - 195lbs (junior) Jalen May - 113lbs (junior) Also moving on: Kyan Gamble - 145lbs (senior) Gabe Newland - 132lbs (sophomore) X’Avion Ford - 120lbs (freshman) David Connor - 152lbs (freshman)

February 3, 2023

With a variety of talent on a team, it is expected to be successful in a program. The Wildkat Wrestlers have shown a significant amount of skill and dedication when it comes time for each match. All of the Kats want to punch a ticket past sectionals.

The team went 23-11 in dual matches and there were many Kats who won individual matches within each.

“Our goals were to improve our dual meet record and at least 14 individuals from sectionals to regionals,” said head coach Jacob Bough.

These goals have really helped motivate each person to get the job done during a match. Everyone knew the goals and wanted to contribute and do their part to help contribute. 

The group has a tight connection with one another that causes them to push each other everyday in practice. They know that in order to be successful, it comes with a cost, that cost being competing each and every day. 

“The upperclassmen have really shown and motivated the younger ones. The Lafayette Jefferson Tournament impacted us a lot because we were down a few wrestlers and others had to step up,” said Bough. 

The time and effort in each practice has really helped each individual grow and show what they can do when it was needed. 

“We have three guys who are fighting for podium placement at state,” said Bough. 

This motivation to show up and keep the others in check plays a big part in the team. The leaders of the group are really good at showing the underclassmen what it takes to win. 

The excitement and determination of each individual wrestler is a great site to be seen. These guys work hard and do what they need to do. No matter the challenges or difficulties they may face in the rest of the season, the guys will find a way to push through and reach the goals they set for themselves. The support of the community and school has really had an effect on the team and allowed them to find more success than they thought. 

“We just appreciate all the support from the community, athletic department, fellow coaches, and other winter sport athletes for showing up and supporting us,” said Bough. While  competing at sectionals on Jan. 28, the team placed 3rd overall with a score of 149.5 points. There are seven wrestlers who will advance. Regionals will start at 9am on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Peru High School.

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