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I'm a middle school science teacher, wrestling coach, poker player, scuba diver, aikido black belt, amateur writer, and student of life. In the past I have tried to give back a little by volunteering at a children's home in Belmopan, Belize, Central America. I also love Frosted Flakes. I have taken a year sabbatical from my teaching position in order to sail the Caribbean. Does that sound crazy to you?

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Sectional Champions!

It’s been a great run and the season ended last Saturday in exciting fashion. We went into the wrestling sectionals with little hope of winning because we lost our 130 pounder (a number two seed) when he got suspended from school for fighting some hayseed with nothing to lose and nothing better to do than to try to start something with people who do. He made a freshman mistake instead of walking away. Live and learn.

With two top teams in the 11-team sectional, losing a wrestler who is expected to place in the top two is a huge blow and put us at an enormous disadvantage.

*I should interject that Indiana has only one class for wrestling and so we have schools three times as large as ours in the sectional.

All the pressure was off. We had no chance at winning and so we hoped to finish second or third. Then everything changed. A number one seed from Anderson Highland dislocated his elbow in practice and was out of the tournament. That put us back in the running.

We never looked back. Our team wrestled as well as they have all season and ALL 14 of our wrestlers finished in the top six, including the replacement at 130 pounds. To top it off, my son came in to the tournament as a number four seed and finished as the runner-up, losing only 3-2 in the finals.

We finished the season with a 33-2 dual-meet record and as winners at the Peru Invitational, The Western Super Six, The Holiday Tourney, The Tri High Superduals, the Mid-Indiana Conference, and now the Sectionals, qualifying 10 wrestlers who advance to the individual regional tournament.

Good job Huskies!

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