West Stokes freshmen Carson Goins and Samuel Hall spent a portion of their spring break last week competing in the 27th Annual NHSCA Wrestling Championships held in Virginia Beach.
“The competition was a very high level of kids represented from all 49 states that have wrestled in the United States and as far as Alaska. The best of the best wrestled in this tournament. It was a great experience to learn from for both of them,” said Wildcats coach Buck Watkins.
The duo finished their first season at West with winning records and made tremendous gains in technique and confidence according to their coach.
On Saturday, Hall wrestled in the 152 weight class and won by pin in his second match.
“Carson went 0 and 2 but in both matches competed really hard. Both boys have a desire to train and want to be the best,” Watkins said. “Wrestling is a lifestyle sport you have to live it every day mentally and physically.”
The coach encourages his athletes to wrestle year-round when given the opportunity.
“It’s extremely important especially for those who want to wrestle in college. I’ve wrestled four years in college then coached in college as well. Every college coach will tell you it’s about commitment to wrestle at the highest level. It takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice.”
After winning the Western Piedmont Conference title last season Watkins believes competing at a competitive level will continue to grow the program at West Stokes.
“That’s my goal as a coach to gives these boys every opportunity to wrestle the best. I won’t rest until we get to the top and every one of the boys find success in whatever they may choose to do after high school wrestling.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.