Wrestling fights through adversity

The wrestling team has long been synonymous with success. The program, after all, has produced talented wrestlers the likes of alumni Brandon and Terrel Wilbourn, and others. This year, however, the team has only been victorious twice. These struggles can be contributed to key graduations, ineligible wrestlers, and injuries, per Coach Steve Cross.

“We graduated 14 wrestlers last year,” Coach Cross said. “We have a lot of younger, inexperienced wrestlers in the line up.”

On the injury front, the team lost senior Josh Bennett to a season-ending shoulder injury. The team has also been without freshman Austin Fuqua, who blew out his knee earlier in the season. Ineligible players also had a profound effect on the team’s struggles early in the season.

“Some of the wrestlers were ineligible to compete,” Coach Cross said. “But we have gotten some of them back.”

A bright and consistent spot, however, has been senior Cole Anderson. Anderson, currently holding a record of 6-1, has been labeled a team leader by Coach Cross.

“He’s stepped up and taken that role,” Coach Cross said. “[He] has worked hard, great leader, and a two time state qualifier.”

Joining Anderson is senior Jacob Floyd, who has just one loss this season. Coach Cross identifies Floyd as more of a quiet leader that leads by example.

In contrast, the freshman wrestling team has enjoyed a successful year. The team is currently undefeated, and making Coach Coach ecstatic.

“This has been a rebuilding year for varsity,” Coach Cross said. “But the freshman team is undefeated and the future is looking bright.”