Two FVHS wrestlers qualify for States

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Mason Hawks, Austin Roberts

Abigail Lapp

The Fuquay Varina High School Bengals wrestling team wrapped up their season this February, with two members, juniors Mason Hawks and Austin Roberts, qualifying for State Championships.

“It’s very challenging to make it to States,” said Ryan Batts, the FVHS wrestling coach. “In order to qualify for States, you have a regional tournament. There are 27 teams per region, and the best six teams out of the 27 teams go to Regionals… and they only take the top four from each region. There are four regions throughout the entire state. They take the top four [per weight class] from each region. Automatically, [Hawks and Roberts] are in the top 16.”

However, with practices every day lasting around two hours, Hawks’ and Roberts’ wins weren’t too much of a surprise. “I was putting in one to two practices a day during the season,” said Hawks. “When it came down to the last week or so, I could just focus on being in good condition. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but I felt that I put in the work to be able to qualify.”

Ending up placing sixth in States, Roberts also put in lots of time both inside and outside of school to prepare. “I worked out five days per week, practiced five days a week with the team, and practiced with a club team three times per week,” he said.

Even Batts had expected these two wrestlers’ wins, despite it being an incredibly hard tournament. “Leaving everyone just one wrong move away from getting pinned,” he said.

Hawks’ and Roberts’ wins weren’t simply luck, but a test to their dedication. “It’s a product of hard work, that’s why they were able to make it to states,” said Batts. “It wasn’t a fluke or anything. The harder you work [in wrestling] the better you’ll get, and they’re just a product of that.”

“It was my goal to qualify for States and be a States placer,” stated Roberts. “[Qualifying] was very cool because it was one of my main goals from the beginning of the season.”

This was Batts’ first year coaching wrestling, and he’s eagerly anticipating the next season. “A lot of the things that I brought to the table were brand new,” said Batts. “What I’m looking forward to next year is to build off of everything that we established as a team this year and to become better… as a team.”

For Hawks and Roberts, Batts continues to have high expectations. “I really don’t have anything to worry about for them. I know they’re going to come back and build off of what they’ve accomplished this year and be better,” stated Batts.