Young Seymour team features 13 freshmen and eight sophomores
Exceeding expectations, the Seymour High School wrestling squad is on its way to Clarksville this weekend to compete for a state championship.
The Eagles are now the state’s fourth-ranked wrestling team after a shining weekend that featured a Region II Championship and a win in a sectional-state tournament qualifying match.
This season marks the first state tournament appearance for the school’s wrestling program since a run in the late 1990’s. Inclement weather forced the prior state tournament appearance to be dashed before it even started.
SHS coach Rusty McCroskey has witnessed the rise of the program back to the current level.
“We’ve been there (the state tournament) before but our wrestling program has grown tremendously in the past few years,” said McCroskey.
The SHS team has benefited from the development of local youth wrestling, as well as an established middle school team.
“It’s definitely a young team this year,” said McCroskey. “Whether we win the state tournament or not this weekend, we’re a young enough team to have some more opportunities in the years to come.”
The Seymour team features just one senior and one junior. The rest of the Eagles’ squad is either freshmen (13) or sophomores (8)
Seymour will go up against defending state champion Franklin Road Academy in the first round.
“We have to have a big night out of everybody on our team,” McCroskey commented. “Being so young, we don’t always bring our best effort during every match, but to have a chance to win, we’ll have to have a complete team effort this weekend.”