Wrestling wraps up State


Payton DeMarco

Mason Vidrine fights to win his match at the District tournament, “I go out to my matches knowing that I put in more work than my opponent,” Vidrine said. “And that I am more prepared for the match at hand.”

Collyn Burke, Reporter

Making it all the way to the state tournament, wrestling managed to go out with a bang, with two wrestlers placing in the top 10 in the state.

“This was the hardest tournament of my season because it is the top 16 people in the state,” senior Gabe Lensing said. “The best feeling was when I won my match because it guaranteed that I was top nine in the state.”

The state tournament was held at the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas, and hosted the top 16 wrestlers from the state in each division. Junior Nathan Sloey attended for the first time, as an alternate.

“There was a lot of respect at this tournament,” Sloey said. “It was very high pressure.”

Senior Mason Vidrine finished fourth in 5A-2, Lensing finished ninth, while both Jacob Garza and Faith Eledge finished third in regionals, but didn’t place at State.

“Our team performed well,” Vidrine said. “I was actually surprised with several of our new wrestlers and how they improved from last year.”

Each of the wrestlers has their own specific routine and mindset for each of the matches. Whether it’s a saying, an act, or a simple thought, each one has a routine uniquely their own.

“My mindset for my matches is to score first and have no mercy,” Lensing said.

The wrestling team is currently in off season ready to prepare for next year, and new titles.

“I have really enjoyed wrestling these past four years,” Vidrine said. “It’s fulfilling, completing your goals you had set out from the beginning of the year is very rewarding.”