Lincoln-Way West Wrestling makes history at state competitionTuesday, February 28, 2017
On Saturday, February 25, 2017 at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois, the Lincoln-Way West Wrestling team earned third place in the state competition. Twenty-one wrestlers filled the Warrior roster for fourteen weight classes. In order to qualify for state, each team had to have previously won their sectional competition; eight total teams competed at the state competition.
“It was a great experience and something the wrestling program has been waiting to do for years,” said Coach Brian Glynn. “Getting to watch the team reach their goals and watch the seniors go out on top is something I will not forget for a long time. They have put in a lot a time away from their family and friends and to earn this trophy makes it all worth it.”
Athletic Director Ted Robbins’ sentiments echoed Glynn’s. “Not only did they wrestle well, they also represented Lincoln-Way West and New Lenox with class while exhibiting great sportsmanship during the competition," he said. He continued, “We’ve had some great teams in the past that ran into some tough draws, so we feel that this state final trophy is also for them and the great wrestling tradition they helped to develop.”
Glynn noted the most memorable moments of the day took place when freshman Payton Geigner “revenged a loss” from earlier in the year by securing the first win against Wheeling High School. He also noted senior Robert Noga’s two large victories throughout the day, which excited his teammates and instilled morale.
Of the state competition, Noga said, “There is no better experience I have ever had with my coaches and teammates.”