While everyone has the desire to win, few have the desire to prepare.
Last September, Chase Roth started on a journey while still playing football for Argyle Texas Youth Sports Association to be a State Champion in wrestling.
On Feb 27, with over 200 hundred hours of practice, 16 tournaments, and close to 80 individual matches behind him, Chase and 1331 other kids, ages 5 to 15 from every corner of Texas, participated in the Texas Youth State Wrestling Tournament in Austin. Wrestlers had to qualify for state by participating in three Texas wrestling tournaments and a regional tournament.
That day Chase’s mission wouldn’t be easy, he had 25 other kids in his weight class (D3 80 lbs), including two state champions from last year. He would have to wrestle five of his toughest matches to win the state title. Chase came from behind in 3 of the 5 matches but ended up on top of the podium, mission accomplished! Chase finished 1st in the D3 80 lbs open division achieving his goal to become a State Champion folkstyle wrestler.
Also placing in the state event:
Tanner Kuketz placed 2nd in the D4 75 lb Open division.
Heath Roth placed 2nd in the D1 60 Lbs Open division
Roonie Peevie placed 3rd in the D4 HWT Open division.
Wrestling is one of the most physical sports yet also one of the safest. Considered the original Martial Art by many, it is also the only martial art that is a varsity sport in high school. Beside the physical conditioning and agility, wrestling also teaches intensity, focus, discipline, goal setting, determination, and perseverance.
If you’re interested in learning more about wrestling ask one of these tough young men or contact Coach Goodpaster at [email protected] for more information. Once you wrestled, everything in life is easy!