North Hills Varsity at Chartiers Houston Tournament
As the North Hills Indians 2014-2015 wrestling team close out their 18 day preseason grind session, the first stop of their competitive schedule was this past weekend at the Chartiers Houston Wrestling Tournament. With a lot of new wrestlers stepping up in the line this year combined with seasoned veterans, the Indians set out to establish a team identity for this year.
Going into the tournament the Indians knew they would have thier work cut out for them and would have an uphill battle competiting for the team title as they would only entern 8 wrestlers out of the 14 weight classes due to some preseason bumps and bruises. The Indians started off the first day of the competition strong by keeping 6 of their 8 wrestlers in the tournament for the second day of competition and advancing 4 into the championship semifinals. The biggest upset of the day would belong to the Indians super sophmore Sean Bright who upended the no.1 seed from Butler. Finishing the first day of competition the Indians would find themselves in 7th out of 25 teams.
The second day of competition for the Indians would not disappoint. After solid performances by all the Indians who remained in the tournament, the Indians competed at a high level and wrestled with great intensity. At the conclusion of the semis the Indians had 3 of the 4 semifinalists wrestlers advance into the finals with a chance to wrestle for an individual championship. Those wrestlers advancing into the finals would be newcomer super sophmore Sean Bright, and seasoned veteran 138lber Keagan Lawson (jr) and 2x state place winner 126lber Gage Curry (jr). The Indians also would advance two wrestlers throughout the wrestle backs earnig them an opportunity to achieve consolation medals. Wrestlers competiting in the consolation medal rounds would be rookie sophmore 113lber Luke Fotta and returning varsity letter winner Sophmore 120lber John MacPherson.
At the conclusion of the medal rounds the Indians had two individual champions Curry and Bright, second place Lawson, 4th place MacPherson, and 6th place Fotta, helping to maintain their 7th place team finish in the tournament. Not too shabby for the Indians having only entering 8 wrestlers in the tournament.
In conclusion, the Indians wrestled with great intensity and they stuck together as a team. Each wrestler competing in the tournament gained valuable experience to help prepare them for the challenging yet rewarding season that lays ahead. Before entering the tournament the Indians thought they would have defined their identity for the season. But as the great ONE's understand, your identity isn't defined by one single experience; it's defined by multiple experiences through highs and lows and harsh times. It takesa complete body of work to truly identify who you are. The journey continues.......
Train like a CHAMPION...Wrestle like a CHAMPION...Act like a CHAMPION
INDIAN OF THE WEEK
Hats off to the North Hills Indian Sean Bright Indian of the week for excellence in winning the Chartiers Houston Wrestling Tournament. Unseeded sophmore HWT Bright beat the 1st seed, 4th seed, and 2nd seed to earn his first Chartiers Houston championship. He competed hard and found a way to win those close matches. Exemplified what it means to "WIN THE DEFINING MOMENT" of a match. In 3 out of 4 of his matches there were moments where the match could go either way, Sean demonstrated the ability to win each and every one of those defining moments. Congrats to Sean Bright!
INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT RECAP
113- Fotta, 3-3, 6th place, highlight-13 sec pin and pinned the 4th seed opening round
120- MacPherson, 3-2, 4th place, highlight-pin and a major
126- Curry, 4-0, 1st place, 2 pins
138- Lawson, 3-1, 2nd place, 2 major decisons
160- Stotz, 0-2
170- Cuda, 1-2
182- Smith, 1-2
HWT- Bright, 4-0, 1 pin, highlight- beat the 1,4, and 2 seed
Written by: Coach Vertus Jones
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