by Mason Raven
Reaching the Prep State finals for the past three years,and winning the title the last two, the Eagle wrestling team expects success.
Even with a new coach, Dean of Students Clarkson, the wrestling teams goals, determination and work ethic have remained the same.
Even with a strong class of wrestlers that graduated last year, the Eagles have restocked with 10, talented new wrestlers, in addition to returning lettermen.
The Eagles started the season in a big way with a third-place finish in the Woodlands Invitational, finishing only behind UIL wrestling powerhouses Arlington Martin and Klein.
All-American candidates senior Travis Bradford and sophomore Ricky Regas overpowered their oppositions and claimed first place in their weight divisions. The Eagles recognize the need for guidance and growth of the underclassmen, thus they offer their four years of varsity experience to develop the younger wrestlers.
“We lost our head coach which was very tough and most of us started wrestling because of him so loosing him made people think about leaving the team,” Bradford said. “All of the younger wrestlers looked up to him, and now many of the older wrestlers have stepped up and shown them the direction to go and how to work hard every day.”
With the continued growth of the underclassmen, the Eagle wrestling team knows the importance of not dwelling over the past.
“We have moved on by leaving it in the past and not looking back,” Bradford said. “We all have the goal of becoming fifth in the nation at Prep Nationals, and we know that looking back will only prevent us from this goal.”
Through thick and thin, the team has kept one goal in mind.
“With the loss of our previous coach, winning another state title would be a statement of how far the team has come,” Bradford said. “We will not let distractions prevent us from our goals.”