Prairie Hawks Off to State Wrestling


Ty LaGrange, Sports Editor

Wrestling is a mindset type of sport, the long rounds of brutality and physical force against your opponent can be tiring and it comes down to who can finish. I asked different people what finishing means to them. Finishing was described as, keep fighting when you’re in a tough sport. For wrestlers it is like being tired entering the third round but you can’t give up, you have to push through the pain and beat your opponent.

Wrestling isn’t easy by any means, and it really is a sport that will show you toughness. In wrestling, to be prepared for your first opponent you will have to be well-conditioned. You are running miles to stay fit, otherwise it will be rough when you are getting into the third round. And running isn’t all that goes into a wrestlers practice- there is weight lifting that occurs 2-3 times a week also. Many wrestlers said they started wrestling because of “Friends” or “Family,” but there were some that said they wanted to try something new and since then haven’t looked back. Many of the wrestlers I talked to also have been wrestling since a kid. Some of the wrestlers have a strong passion for the sport and believe that it truly is a tough sport.

We have several Prairie Wrestlers going to state this week. Many people believe Ashton Stoner-Degroot is back for redemption and will place first. I believe this, considering he has destroyed everybody in his path this season. I would assume he will be fired up and ready to give a beat down to his opponent. Ashton Stoner-Degroot isn’t the only favorite going into state, he is joined by Austin Kegley, the Senior who is committed to Lindenwood University. Austin Kegley, the dominant wrestler will also be looking for a place on the podium. People seemed confident that Austin and Ashton will both place in the top three.

The office has already called out of has lost and won so far today during individuals, Ashton and Austin the two favorites heading into state, as both won. Ashton won with a fall in 28 seconds, Austin had also won by fall but it was around 1 minute. Both wrestlers are impressive to watch and will hopefully win again going into their second match later today. If both win, they will move on to tomorrow’s matches. Since Ashton was so dominant in his first match, I believe he will keep the fire he had and use that going into his next round and come out with a dub. Ashton will move on and wrestle tomorrow. Austin I believe will also make it to tomorrow’s matches by winning his next match. I think Austin won’t be as dominant as Ashton but, I believe both athletes will fight hard and finish strong and place on the podium. 

Good luck to our wrestlers.