The varsity wrestling team has won 20 matches this season and they have succeeded again this year in having the opportunity to attend regionals on Feb. 14 and state championships on Feb. 20.
“We had a decent regional tournament not as good as we had hoped for, but we qualified two wrestlers for the state tournament. Both guys did a great job this season and were rewarded for it by getting a chance to compete at the State tournament,” wrestling coach Damon Brown said.
“To qualify for regionals, wrestlers must be in the top 16 in their weight class. In order to advance to state, wrestlers must place 4th or higher in regionals. 11 wrestlers from Roberson were sent over to regionals, 12 qualified but one wasn’t able to go.
Two out of the 11 wrestlers qualified for state championships: Issac Jimenez and Travis Miles.
“At regionals I think that most of our team could’ve done better, I feel like some of our team lost matches that they really should’ve easily won. Plus, we’re losing a lot of good wrestlers this year, some of our best heavy players. The team is always open to wrestling new people and trying to improve so I hope that next year our team is even more motivated to try and win,” junior Travis Miles said.
According to Brown, Jimenez recorded the fastest pin during his season at Roberson in 11 years, which he believes was a huge success for Jimenez and great motivation for the team. He also believes the team chemistry and level of competition they have faced has helped the team tremendously this year.
“They get along so well together, and they work harder knowing that their team is behind them. In order for us to get better, we go out and find better competition. It’s my job as coach to not have anybody undefeated by the time we get to state tournaments. I go out and look for people who haven’t been beaten to help us improve and learn more and more about wrestling,” Brown said.