Going into this season with a state championship title under their belt, the Northwest wrestling team has had high standards to live up to.
Returning to the state tournament this year proved to be successful for the wrestling team members this year, as many walked away with high placements at the competition.
“It felt really good to win a state title after being so close the last two year and to finally get it done,” junior James Joplin said.
Junior Riley Edwards echoed Joplin’s thoughts, celebrating the team’s success as a group. Edwards finished the regular season with a undefeated record and placed as runner-up. Edwards was pleased with his performance, but still sees room for improvement in his loss.
“Getting that close to being a state champion was kind of devastating,” Edwards said.
This has been an especially bittersweet season for the seniors on the team, knowing this year would be their last competing for Northwest. Lake Price, a senior wrestler, is very proud of the efforts he has taken in his wrestling career.
“I’m super happy to have placed at states knowing the work I put into the sport paid off is a great feeling plus it’s always been a goal of mine,” Price said.
Leaving this season behind will be difficult for Price, as he has been a key member of the team for four years now.
“Being with the team, whether it was joking around before practice or moments before a big match we would also be having a good time,” Price said.
Although most of the senior wrestlers are saddened by their last season ending, there are some benefits to the remorseful end.
“I feel better don’t have the soreness anymore and can eat full meals, but definitely miss competing and being with the team day to day,” Price said.
The team also appreciates the work of coach Ron Bare, citing his work as a positive influence on their wrestling careers.
“Coach Bare is a great coach. We all respect him a lot,”
As the team moves forward, they must focus on using their remaining valuable assets to make a united team for next year.
“I feel good about how it ended with winning a state title and how the team looks moving forward for next year to make another run to win a dual state title,” junior James Joplin said.
Individual Placings included:
Junior James Joplin–State Champion in 120 weight-class
Junior Riley Edwards–Runner Up in 126 weight-class
Senior Lake Price–Fifth Place in 132 weight-class
Senior Ethan King–Fourth Place in 145 weight-class
Junior Marcus Harnarain–Runner Up in 285 weight-class