Boys Wrestling Takes Major Wins at Districts

The SCHS boys wrestling team competed in district tournaments on Feb. 11-Feb. 12 and 6 wrestlers prepare for state tournament


courtesy SCHS wrestling twitter

Levi Perry-South stands at sixth on the podium for the 126 pound weight class of class 2 wrestlers in Missouri

by Benton Dietrich, Photo Editor

On Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12, the boys wrestling team participated in Missouri districts and showed one of the best performances seen at the tournament with six out of nine of the participating wrestlers qualifying for state. 

“We brought nine kids and we felt like as far as seeding goes that every kid had a shot to go,” Varsity Head Coach Kevin Dill said, “obviously district tournament is a tough tournament and doesn’t always work out the way you want it to, but we took six of nine which turned out really well.”

The district tournament was tough but saw six SCHS wrestlers go through to state: freshman Charlie Reed, juniors Thomas Palmer and Levi Perry-South, as well as three senior competitors: Josiah Wilcutt, David Thorne, and Josh Lund.

“Everything went really well, I think overall everyone wrestled well, even the guys who didn’t qualify,” Coach Dill said.

By the end Dill and the wrestlers left the competition proud knowing many of the wins were well deserved, and the losses hard fought as well. The team put up a good fight at a very challenging competition and made out very well, and will be hoping for a good result at an even tougher competition.

“We felt pretty confident that we would do good.” senior wrestler and state qualifier David Thorne said. “We felt confident going in and when we left we were pretty happy that we took 6 with us to state.”

Going to a major tournament like districts or state even can be very nerve-racking and stressful. Emotions were high off of the district tournament and with all eyes being placed on them to perform well in an even bigger tournament, but Thorne stayed confident.

“I knew it was gonna be hard, but I just kept on pushing through and hoped I would get to state.” Thorne said. “I’m just gonna try and keep my cool and wrestle how I usually do, hopefully I can make something out of it.”

On Feb. 18-19 the wrestling team went to the state competition and put up a good fight. Going to state is a big feat for any single competitor, and for six to have wrestled well enough to make it to that competition, it’s no surprise that when the competition finally took place, one of the SCHS wrestlers, Levi Perry-South, placed highly, and saw his way to 6th place in the 126 pound weight class in Missouri for boys wrestling.