By: Taylor Smith
On February 16th and 17th, the Male High Wrestling team traveled to Lexington, Kentucky to compete in the KHSAA Wrestling State Championships. While many don’t see it, the team worked tremendously hard throughout their season to meet their goals.
Junior Zane Brown went to Lexington with hopes of defending his previous state championship. He “realized [winning last year] put a target on [his] back” and that he had to “work harder to win another one.” Zane started the tournament with a win in the first round, and continued to win until he was on the podium. He commented, “It felt really good to be standing at the top of the podium and knowing that I was a back to back state champion.”
Zane wasn’t the only one who had a successful weekend in Lexington. Tristin Garcia (12) received 7th and Zach Chandler (11) received 5th. The team placed 12th out of over 80 teams in the state tournament, and improvement to their 16th place last season.
Brown added on the overall improvement of the team this season, “we started off slow, but some of our guys improved a lot this year and helped us out big time at the end of the year.”
With so many athletic teams at Male that make it to the state championship, it’s no surprise that the wrestling team fits the mold. Congrats to the Male High wrestling team on a great season and a great finish, as a team and as individuals.