William Monroe Wrestling Heads into Regionals with High Expectations
The William Monroe High School wrestling team is sweating it out at practice in their wrestling room, as they're in the time of the year that matters the most.
Head coach Mike Sizemore says, "The regular season, unlike basketball or football, where those games count to get you in, in wrestling, we call everything from the beginning of December up until the District Tournament glorified practice."
The Green Dragons finished 4th in the Bull Run District Tournament last weekend, and had six wrestlers in the championship matches.
"In the six year history of our program, we had only had four kids total ever make it to a finals," says Sizemore.
Junior Josh Savoie wrestles at 182 pounds, and says, "The team has been better than is had been in years past because of the balance we have. We have every weight class but one filled this year."
Monroe is sending wrestlers to the Regionals in 10 of the 11 weight classes, including junior Kyle Biesecker, who finished 3rd in the region and 4th in the state last year.
Biesecker wrestles at 126 pounds, and says, "The tournament is not as intimidating to me. I know the arena. It won't really intimidate me like it will new kids."
"I have a lot more confidence, as this is my second year, and I've been there, done that," says 285 pound junior WJ Lamb. "I have a lot of confidence going into the region tournament this year."
The region tournament begins Friday at Strasburg High School.
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