Wrestler finds filling role of state champion a difficult task

After a year to remember for the Southmoreland wrestling organization, Southmoreland sophomore Chase Calhoun stepped up to fill the shoes of graduate Jake Beistel in the heavyweight category.

“With it only being my first year of wrestling I tried to do the best I could for the team,”said Calhoun.” When I went out on the mat I did the best I could to come out with a win.”

For Calhoun, the season was nothing easy for him as he battled for wins but only coming out with two.

“Only getting two wins is a little discouraging,” said Calhoun.” I used that to push myself though and soon it all paid off.”

So much that Calhoun won a match at sections making himself and Coach Santia proud.

“My win at sections really brought me out of a tough mindset,”said Calhoun. ” Seeing coach proud made me happy because he previously won a state title at Hempfield.

Calhoun looks to continue the sport and better himself these last two years of high school.

“I’m going to do a lot more training to better myself,” said Calhoun.”My goal is to make it to states my senior year.”

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