“They are going to have to fine tune some things,” Robert Washington said. “For some of those kids it was the first time we saw them and the first time they saw us. We break down film quite often. Just get more active on the mat. I think we kind of wrestled a little hesitant because it’s because it was their first time and you don’t wrestle to your true potential. That’s our plan.”
Joining the Lions at state are a host of wrestlers from Southmoore and Westmoore. That includes defending state champion Nathan Marek. Just like he has done all year, the SaberCats junior swept through the 170-pound class at regionals.
Marek was the only area wrestler to claim a regional championship and a No. 1 seed. He enters the tourney with a 42-2 record.
Also from Southmoore is Conor Dooling (113), Zac Damico (120), Zac Moore (182) and Jakoby Walker (195). The Jaguars are bringing Dalton Duffield (106), Keaton Randle (126), Shane Rogers (152) and John Finn (220).
Silvertsen said he plans to learn from the his loss to Dixon and be more prepared if the two meet up again. But the only way the two can face-off again is if both made it to the finals.
“I think it’s just going to take me working hard this week,” Silvertsen said. “And then going into the state tournament, just leaving it all on the mat. Not taking anything with me. This is my last match. My senior year.”