Making school history with the most state qualifiers in the program’s history, the Timber Creek Wrestling Team dropped the competition at Regions. Competing on Friday, Feb. 16 and Saturday Feb. 17, the team pinned down the competition at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City, TX. Focusing on the “one percent”, the team has taken the season as a whole over the 2017-2018 year, hoping to peak overtime.

“In a match the outcome can change that quickly,” said Conger. “I like to tell the wrestlers to take each practice one second at a time and get one percent better each day. When individuals are successful in wrestling, the team finds success.”

Taking eight athlete’s overall to the State championship, five girls and three boys “punched their ticket” to the tournament, sending Chalimarys Rodgriguez, Chalimar Rodriguez, Jude Miller, Bianca Rosales, Daya Powell, Will Caillet, Tommy Dalzell, and Nathan Grimes. With four matches-a round of sixteen, a round of eight, semis and finals-wrestler Nathan Grimes pinned down his competition during finals in 26 seconds, beating the previously undefeated opponent.

“I had some good competition in my bracket, respectively,” Grimes said. “The region however is the toughest in the state. My finals match was against a guy from El Paso Montwood, he was 45-0 when we wrestled. I pinned him in 26 seconds, so I’m pretty happy with how I wrestled.”

Hoping to continue their theme of making school history, the wrestling team headed off to Thursday, Feb. 22. Working independently at several gyms with numerous coaches to promote his growth as an athlete, Grimes credits his mentality to Conger, having prompted a game changing performance.

“So far I am on track to accomplishing my goals,” said Grimes. “I am the best, I just need to show it and get on top of one more podium. Wrestling is an individual sport, but I know Timber Creek Wrestling as a team, has many individuals that will make the future even brighter than this year.”

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