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With a 2010 state title under its belt, the Fred T. Foard wrestling team is trying to repeat its success from a season ago.
â€śOther teams may look at us differently,â€ť said Tigers coach Mike Carey. â€śI donâ€™t think we look at ourselves differently. We might have more of a sense of confidence that we can get the job done against anybody."
The Tigers are off to an early 5-1 start with their only loss coming last week against a tough 4A squad in defending state champion Parkland.
Tigers coach Mike Carey still expects improvement.
â€śWeâ€™ve got to get more consistent in our matches and eliminate mistakes,â€ť Carey said. â€śThose will come back to haunt you.â€ť
The Parkland loss this year sat in many of the headâ€™s of Foard wrestlers, but many positives came away from the defeat.
â€śI think it helped me,â€ť said senior Caleb Griffin. â€śIt made me realize Iâ€™m not as good as I thought I was. I need to constantly get better. I canâ€™t lay around in practice. I can always get better. Thatâ€™s what I take from my loss.â€ť
Senior Zack Edwards said the loss was a positive.
â€śIt was a learning experience,â€ť Edwards said. â€śYou learned to push yourself further and further. Putting yourself against the best will make you the best out there.â€ť
Last yearâ€™s Foard squad included eight seniors. This season, there are six on the 42-man squad.
Sixteen members of the team are freshman, but senior Jeremy Fredell said they arenâ€™t a typical young group.
â€śThese freshman are really good,â€ť Fredell said. â€śThey are a lot better coming up than we were. We have a lot of confidence in them. Being such a young group, they have a lot of experience and grit about them.â€ť
Hayden Albert, the state runner-up at 160 pounds, is one of many Tigers who hope the joys from last season will continue this year.
â€śWeâ€™re going up from here,â€ť said Albert, who needs 42 mat victories to become the all-time Tigers wins leader. â€śIâ€™m going for the all-time wins record and pins record. Weâ€™re going for broke. I know our whole team is going to, as well.â€ťView more articles in: