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Heath Roth

Argyle wrestling fans have been cheering wrestlers with the last name of Roth for the past several seasons.

Chase Roth won an almost unheard of four state championships for the Eagles wrestling squad. He capped-off his outstanding career last season with an 8-2 victory over Dumas High School’s Zach Garza in the 145-pound weight class state championship match.

This season, however, the talk is about younger brother, Heath. A phenomenal wrestler in his own right, has already a 57-0 winning streak this season. Roth was named Outstanding Wrestler in the 2-5A Tournament this past weekend.

Argyle High School coach Bobby Morse said that one of the things freshman Roth provides his team is an excellent wrestling pedigree.

“Heath brings a lot of experience and technique to the team,” Morse said. “My goals for him are to take it step-by-step—district, then region, then state. My ultimate goal for him would be a state championship.”

Roth, 14, said the sport of wrestling has been a life-long passion; and, for him, it was always a bit of a family affair.

“I started in club wrestling, when I was five-years-old with my brother, when Argyle had a club program,” Roth said. “My brother, dad and uncles wrestled and at this point I’m good at it.”

Roth has won multiple youth club titles in all three styles of wrestling, including: freestyle; folkstyle [scholastic]; and, Greco-Roman. He said he is not lowering the bar for what he hopes to accomplish in this, his first high school season.

“I would like to win state, which has been the goal for some time,” Roth said.

Following a four-time state champion is not an easy task, especially when it is your own brother, and the young wrestler said that if he is being honest, he has felt the pressure at times.

“There is a lot of pressure to follow in his footsteps,” Roth said. “I’m always being asked if I’m going to win state like Chase.”

Roth’s biggest competition in the 120-pound weight class this season appears to be Noah Martinez from Leander Rouse and Gregory Coapstick from Frisco Centennial.

At the end of January, Roth was ranked third in the state, behind Martinez and Coapstick, according to wrestlingtexas.com. Martinez and Coapstick are a senior and junior respectively.

For Roth, the season does not end when the state tournament is over. He will then move into club wrestling after that.

“It’s just practice now, three or four days a week at different places,” Roth said. “But, once the high school season is over, I will compete in the Olympic styles of wrestling (freestyle and Greco) for Spartan Mat Club.”

Morse has known the Roth family for quite some time. He said that having the opportunity to coach both Chase and Heath has been quite a luxury for him; and, a great boon for Argyle High School.

“I have known Heath through USA wrestling and through middle school teaching and coaching for a while now,” Morse said. “Coaching Chase and now coaching Heath has been a lot of fun. They are both excellent wrestlers and I enjoy having them on my team.”

Roth said his ultimate goal in the sport of wrestling is to compete at the collegiate level for Stanford University.

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