The 2012-2013 madison Trojans took to the mat this morning in search of individual glory. The top 4 wrestlers at this tournament advance to Regionals next week with an opportunity to become All-State wrestlers. For the others the season is over.
Overall Madison wrestlers did great! Nine of our wrestlers finished 4th or better and Nick Klemm won a District Championship. Placing were: Freshman Dayton Klama (3rd), Junior Austin Wilt (2nd), Sophomore Jacob Knisel (4th), Junior Drake Tovarnak (3rd), Junior Nick Klemm (1st), Junior Isaiah Espinoza (2nd), Sophomore Aaron Pifer (4th), Freshman Garrett Vansickle (2nd), and Junior Jacob Hamilton (3rd). All those guys will wrestle in Hudson next week with a chance to finish in the top 4 again which will mean they will qualify for States (yes, that is a big deal!).
What feels like a kick in the groin to me right now is the Cruel Mistress that put her icy embrace on a couple of our wrestlers. First of all is Freshman Michael Burger who works his tail off and has improved a great deal this year. Michael got stuck in the round of 16 (one loss and your done) wrestling the number 2 seed. Even though he lost I thought he wrestled really well, but it didn’t matter because the loss meant his season was over. The second heartbreak was Sophomore Richard Clees getting pinned in the third period of the blood round (win and you’re in, lose and you’re season is over) after being up 4-0. It was crushing. I still feel sick over it. Wrestling is tough. You can wrestle well for most of the match and make one mistake and it’s over.
To bring this back to the purpose of this blog I hope the 9 that advanced will be encouraged and build on their successes for next year. For those whose heart are broke I hope it will motivate them to work even harder. My oldest son was a state qualifier as a sophomore and to a man I’ll tell you he stopped working hard after that. He felt he had arrived. Remember in the previous blog I mentioned that when Kettering turned it around it was because 8-10 wrestlers committed to off-season workouts…my oldest son wasn’t one of them and he never returned to the state tournament. So I hope today’s results will encourage, motivate and ultimately be a catalyst to take us where we want to be next year.