Wrestling looks to continue success at regional

Written by Dawson Eastes // Sports Writer

Dragons wrestling started off postseason play with a successful performance during sectional play at Shelbyville last Saturday.

Nine Dragons advanced to the regional, including senior, Landan Burton, who was sectional champion in the 220 pound weight class.

Burton said, “I was able to win because of my coaching staff and the intensity in the wrestling room the week leading up to the sectional,”

After having such a successful regular season which included only one loss, Burton was confident that we would be the sectional champion.

“I’m always confident that I have what it takes to win but at the same time I’m always aware that anyone can be beaten on any day no matter their record or the previous outcome,” Burton said.

Another Dragon who will be advancing to the regional is freshman, Christian White, who took second place in the sectional.

White said, “I was seeded second because I wrestled a pretty good season before that. At the sectional, I knew people were going to try and upset me, but I wrestled my match,”

White was confident in his abilities going into the sectional.

“If i went in thinking I wasn’t able to win it would have been a waste of time going out on the mat,” said White.

Although he is exceeding the expectations of a freshman, White was not content with his performance.

“I’m not satisfied because I think I could’ve won. I was in deep on a shot and couldn’t capitalize. I definitely thought I could win my finals match,” White said.

In the 113 pound weight class, sophomore Chase Nelson placed third and was happy to advance in the state playoffs.

“I am satisfied with how I did because I got to the regional and I placed third which will help my seed at the regional,” Nelson said.

All three wrestlers have high expectations heading into the regional, which will take place on Saturday, February 3rd, with the first matches starting at 9 a.m.

Burton said, “My expectations are to dominate like I have all year and the preparation starts this week with my conditioning so I am able to go six minutes as hard as I can. I’m preparing this week like I would any other week. I’m drilling hard, training hard, and keeping the intensity high so it reflects on everyone in else in the room se they can feed off my energy and turn it into theirs.”

“My expectations for the regional is probably the same as everyone else, win.” White said.

“I’m just making sure that I work my hardest during practice to get ready to win the regional.” Nelson said.

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