It takes a disciplined young person to be a high school wrestler. Like other student-athletes, they, too, must find the focus between the classroom and the sport, but unlike their peers, high school wrestlers also must have the discipline to maintain a weight level for several months during an entire wrestling season - one that overlaps the food-heavy holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
And while one bad game by an individual may not mean a loss in the traditional team sports, with wrestling one bad match may end that individual's season.
That said, let us commend several area high school wrestlers for achieving the pinnacle of their sport - the chance to compete for a state title and be named the best at what it is they do.
The Oak Glen wrestling team once again showed its dominance at the West Virginia Class A-AA Region I tournament last week by capturing the team title - with three individual champions - and qualifying 13 wrestlers in the 14 weight classes to the state tournament.
The Golden Bears, under the guidance of third-year coach Patrick McGillian will be looking to add to the trophy case that already has 14 state team titles.
Those OGHS wrestlers advancing are Ryan Debee, Danny Wyke, Robert Bozek, Josh Cornell, Avery Flowers, Nick Tice, Patrick Arneault, Alex Shuman, Will Hogan, Devan Chadwick, Noah Flowers, Dakota Price, and Noah Mills. They open up competition today in Huntington.
On the Ohio side, four individuals have advanced to the OHSAA tournament, beginning today at Ohio State in Columbus.
Beaver Local's Cody Martsolf, a senior, and Daniel Hasson, a junior, will compete at the Division II level, along with East Liverpool junior Alex Potts. Wellsville's Seth Bloor, a junior, hits the mats in Div. III.
Hasson returns for his second-straight state event, an impressive feat, while Martsolf, Potts and Bloor qualified for the initial time.
We wish all of these student-athletes the best of luck as they compete for the state title.