Oct 31-Nov 1st 2015. Greensboro Coliseum, North Carolina ‘The Super 32 Tournament“ Country’s Toughest Individual High School Tournament. Always a long weekend of great wrestling, this year was no different. It started Friday morning with an 7hr car ride NJ to NC, for some over 10hrs with the construction on I95, what a nightmare, I avoided that so that was good start to the weekend for me. On arrival to NC at Coliseum you are met with an overload of wrestler vying their way to the scale for weigh-ins. Skinny, pasty, thirsty, a room full of zombie looking teens. At that point we could tell this tournament continues to grow as does the competition and preparation. It was going to be a good tournament.
When I say toughest tournament, I mean it. Each weight class has over 100+ wrestlers, the smaller ones have 60-80 kids so no shortage of matches. Its tournaments like these that it rewards you to stay in the championship side of brackets as the wrestle backs are a bloody, black & blue vision of war round after round after round after round. If you get my point, lots of matches to be won in the WB’s to medal depending on when you lose. Always impressive to see those runs from kids that grind through it and get it done.
On the championship side of competition you will still need 5 or so tough wins to take the belt so buckle up, its no walk in the park. The advantage is you expect tough matches every round on this side of bracket so its easier to embrace. Furthermore, the glory per win at a tournament like this keeps motivation throttling round to round but the factors that I see shake the competitors apart on this side are the given talent but then mindset and conditioning factor in strong.
We train to be Champions. The only one way to be Champion is by dealing with factors and Winning. The more prepared, the easier it is to win and maintain a positive approach round to round. All our wrestlers performed well and proved they are capable to themselves and hopefully that will be the motivation they need to stride into the next level. All of our wrestlers won matches, some won more than others and Sebastian won it all. It was definitely a positive experience and I was happy to see how we wrestled but we need to get better, and we will.
Participants: Sebastian Rivera (CBA), Richie Kohler (CBA), Owen McClave (TRS), Cole Corrigan (TRS), Matt McGowen (JMHS), Kris Lindemann (HOW), Dylan James (Robbinsville) and Jordan Rugo (Allentown)
Congratulations to Sebastian Rivera on your Super32 Championship 113lbs. and your commitment to Northwestern University
It was a big weekend for this guy and the family. We have raised, trained and watched this young man work very hard year to year for many years. In the classroom and on the mat he has put in the time and with that effort he has had an outstanding student/athlete career. This year a senior at Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, NJ), Sebastian looks as if he is out to leave his mark both in the classroom (Graduate) and on the mat (State Title) and we look forward to watching.
In addition to winning the Super 32 National Tournament this past weekend, Sebastian, the student/athlete has decided and verbally committed to Big10 Conference Northwestern University for Fall of 2016. It is with great pride and excitement that we look forward to the college years ahead at this highly respected university #GoCats!
Sebastian’s FloWrestling National Rank #5