On February 18, the CHS wrestling season came to a close, marking the end of a successful season for the entire Jaguar team. The season culminated with a victory at the 2A State Championship.
Winning states was preceded by a hard-fought victory at Regionals. On February 2, the team competed and won against Wheatmore High School.
Senior Emmanuel O’Quaye, completing his second full season due to injuries in his freshman and junior years, commented on the effort that he and his teammates had to put forth in order to succeed.
“You get what you give. When you’re on the mat it’s just you and the person you’re competing against,” said O’Quaye.
After the victory at Wheatmore, the team geared up to wrestle in the team state championship. Before the competition, however, the team went to the dual-team state championship, where they lost 32-28 to Newton Conover City School.
Ultimately, however, Newton Conover gave up the title when it was discovered that they used an academically ineligible wrestler.
CHS didn’t let the loss get them down, however, and got right back to work preparing for the team state championship two weeks later. That work was clearly evident by the season’s end.
David Veltri, junior, described the atmosphere and mood heading into the final test of the season.
“States was fun. We showed up there trying to show the whole state that we’re the best team,” said Veltri.
Coach DeWitt Driscoll has been an integral part in the team’s success this year. In an interview, he spoke about the reasons for CHS’s success.
“I think the team dynamic was great this year and it definitely showed on the mat,” said Driscoll, speaking on the season as a whole. “Overall, all the guys put 100 percent effort into this season, and it has definitely been one of our best.”
The season is over, and the seniors who finished their last wrestling season at CHS are proud of their accomplishments.
“These past years on the team have been great and definitely shaped me to be the person I am today,” said senior Curtis Selby, who took on a leadership role this season.
For Selby and other seniors, the win is bittersweet.
“I will definitely miss wrestling. These past years have been the greatest moments of my life,” said Selby.