As anyone who knows me understands, youth sports have always been a passion. Soccer, football, baseball, basketball, wrestling, softball, etc.; all are a blast to
watch. And this past weekend, I was fortunate enough to see a great group
of kids, many of whom I have watched for four years, reach the peak
in a sport that the Wildcats are now becoming famous for: wrestling.
Once again, Mount Si took the Sea-King regional wrestling
title, and this time, our team had six kids in the finals: Kyle
Cunningham, Jeff Stone, Hiram Tame, Brad Davis, Dylan Seubert and Brad
Connor. In addition to those in the finals, there were many on the team
that are of champion caliber and could have easily been right there,
as well. Chad Mills, David Crotts, Jed McDaniels and Bobby
Taylor all come to mind when thinking of other champions.
On a special note, there is a person who I do not know as well
as some of the others, but it became even more obvious that he has
the heart of a champion. Kyle Cunningham, despite the great loss in
his family recently, put his whole heart into his wrestling, and it
showed with a great second-place finish in regional competition.
Besides the obvious fantastic finish of the Wildcat wrestlers
was a special recognition of the Wildcat coaching staff. Bruce
Caldwell, the head coach, was recognized by his peers as KingCo Coach of
the Year and Sea-King Coach of the Year. Bruce has been a
tremendous influence on the wrestling program at the high school for more
than 20 years.
In addition to being a great group of athletes, the current
group of seniors is a great group of young adults. Intense in
competition, yes, but they always take the time to say hi, are respectful and are
an asset to the school.
Congratulations to the Wildcats for their success, and good
luck at state.