It’s been a season of ups and downs for the state runner-ups, however as many predicted the Titans were able to secure a spot in the 2018 state tournament last weekend. Despite the effort, WWT unfortunately fell short of their dreams for a state title, being knocked out in the semi-finals by a tough Gaylord team.
“We tried,” Senior Ryan Daniel said, he continued: “I’m proud of this team for making it as far as we did.”
Although this years state tournament didn’t work out the way they had hoped, it was a great accomplishment considering that the Titans were without several key wrestlers that they had last year, due to seniors graduating and others deciding not to wrestle this year.
The future does look bright for WWT’s wrestling program, as freshman Joey Haynes ‘21, Dru Wilson ‘21, and David Stepanian, Joel Radvansky, Keff O’conell ‘19 and others will be returning next season.
It should also be noted, that all the above wrestlers made it to the individual state tournament this past weekend, among those who placed were Joey Haynes, who placed third in the 103 lb. weight class, Dru Wilson, who placed seventh in the 112 lb. weight class, David Stepanian, who placed fourth in the 119 lb. weight class, Chaise Mayer, who placed fifth in the 125 lb. weight class, and Jajuan Lovejoy, who placed eighth in the 152 lb. weight class.
Joel Radvansky, a junior at Tower, wrestled for an individual state championship as well in the 215 lb. weight class, but fell short and lost 2-1 in a triple overtime to the number one ranked wrestler in the state, Joel finished 2nd and received the honors of State Runner-up.