While it is an honor and a major accomplishment to qualify for the state tournament in any sport, it’s extra special for wrestlers. Wrestling is one of the only high school sports in which the results of your match depend mainly on you.
Of course a wrestler has teammates on a wrestling team and they do help each other out a lot, but a wrestler has himself and his coach to depend on when it’s go time. When the official starts the clock, there is only the wrestler and his opponent on the mat. One will finish as the victor and one will not.
The Russell County wrestling team has gotten used to having their hands raised as the victor plenty this season and probably more times than any other team from Seale. This includes this past weekend at the sectional tournament in Montgomery, where four wrestlers qualified for state in Huntsville.
Curtis Wilson probably had the best tournament of his career, qualifying sixth in the south super sectional. He’s moving on to state in the 145 pound weight class. Julian Anthony will join him in Huntsville, qualifying eighth in the 113 pound weight class. Shelby Fugate will make the trip, qualifying fourth in the 106 pound weight class. She is one of two female wrestlers to qualify for the state tournament, including all school classifications and all weight classes. Cole Danielson will take his 75+ wins and 50+ pins up north in hopes of winning a state title. He qualified second in the super south sectional in the 220 pound weight class.
The state tournament begins today and runs through Saturday at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.