Moving On

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Moving On

Cade Cox, Cayl Garland, and I

Cade Cox, Cayl Garland, and I

Cade Cox, Cayl Garland, and I

Cade Cox, Cayl Garland, and I

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As regionals started at Peru, the wrestling team had eight people wrestling in the first round: Cayl Garland, Cade Cox, Karson Albright, Peyton Smith, James Fale, Bryce Reish, Nathaniel Moss, and I. The eight of us had qualified for regionals by placing fourth or higher at sectionals. Before we warmed up, I gathered the whole team up and gave them a pump-up speech. Basically I told everyone they could make it on to semi-state. While I believed this, everyone would have to wrestle the best they had all year. Cayl, Cade, and I were the only three to move on.
Cade was the first of us to move on after he beat his opponent from Marion High School, Daylen Johnson. Cade had faced this kid earlier in the year at our first tournament, the Maconaquah Super Duals, but Cade had lost to this kid. It was not Cade’s fault however; the opponent had stalled the entire third period but never got a stalling call. This made Cade eager for revenge. Once Cade saw he would have the Marion wrestler in the first round of regionals, he was very excited to get revenge. Cade went into the match with a great mentality. The kid put up a great fight and took Cade to overtime. Cade, however, had much better endurance training and won the match 7-5 in sudden victory.
After I placed second at sectionals, I looked to see who I would have in the first round of regionals. I was happy to see I would have a good match. I was granted the luck of facing a kid from Oak Hill, Julian Garcia. He was a formidable opponent through the first period as the score was tied at four points a piece. In the second period he chose to start in the bottom position. He was tough to put on his back, but I managed to score three points in the second period by getting near fall points. Now the score is 7-4 with me leading. I chose to start bottom in the third period. I quickly stood up and scored another point. Julian was desperate to score more points so he took me down and then let me, the score 9-6. Julian desperately shot a double leg, but I was a lot stronger than him and threw him straight to his back. I scored my takedown points and three near fall points. I am up by eight points at this point in the match with close to a minute left in the match. I kept telling myself to not do anything dumb that would let him put me on my back. I could hear Coach Burrous yelling at me to stay on top and to not allow him to score more points. I did what I do best and put him straight to his back with a classic half nelson. I scored three more near fall points and kept Julian on his back until the match ended.
Cayl had a good opponent from Kokomo, Mitchell Wyrick. Cayl knew he could win this match as long as he avoided throwing, cradels, and headlocks. Cayl practiced all week on avoiding these situations. Cayl scored a takedown early in the first period to go up 2-0 at the end of the first. Wyrick deferred his decision to Cayl and he chose bottom. Cayl scored a reversal and a takedown after Wyrick got an escape. With the score 6-1 in favor of Cayl, Mitchell Wyrick chose to go neutral in hopes of getting a takedown on Cayl. Wyrick’s dreams came true and he scored a takedown on Cayl, but let him up after he could not turn Cayl onto his back. The kid then attempted to headlock Cayl, but Cayl knew how to avoid this. As Wyrick put Cayl on the ground, Cayl rolled through and put the kid on his back. Cayl scored two points for a takedown and three points for a nearfall. Cayl ended up winning the match 12-3.
After the three of us won our first match, we all lost in the semi-finals. Cade had the best shot out of anyone to move onto the finals, but he came up short losing a very tough match. Cayl and I got pinned in our semi-finals match. Finally, the last round was upon us. Cade ended up winning third place while Cayl and I took fourth place in our weight classes. As a team we placed thirteenth overall out of eighteen teams.

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