By Maddy Shepherd
The Wiggins wrestling team took two wrestlers, 195-pound senior Matt Ewertz, and 113-pound freshman Cael Croissant, to the CHSAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Pepsi Center on Thursday, February 19, through Saturday, February 21, 2015. According to Coach Croissant, this was a successful season for the team because it laid a good foundation for the future.
Cael Croissant lost his first match on Thursday and also ended up losing his second match, a consolation match, on Friday, and was out of the competition. “I was disappointed in my outcome, but I tried my hardest,” he said.
This was Cael’s first year wrestling in high school, and according to his teammate, Omar Roman, he did well throughout the season, and improved a lot from the first match to State.
Ewertz won his first match on Thursday, advancing to the second round on Friday. He then lost his second match, moving into the second round consolations on Friday evening. Ewertz won his consolation match, advancing to the next bracket on Saturday, aiming for third place, but came up short by points and was taken out of the competition.
Ewertz finished in seventh place. “I wish I wasn’t as nervous as I was. I wish I could go back to my first match on Friday and win what I should have won,” said Ewertz.
This was Ewertz’s last high school wrestling meet, and according to his coach, this was a great season for him. “I had a great season, it just didn’t end well. It feels good to be done with this season, though, because my body was getting torn up,” said Ewertz.
According to Coach Croissant, the State Championships went okay, and his wrestlers gained a lot of experience, along with his other wrestlers throughout the season. “I think we need more guys to join to gain more support. It builds personality and makes them a better person overall,” said Coach Croissant.