Heritage wrestlers take on State

Heritage wrestlers relax in between rounds with teammates and coaches. Two Heritage wrestlers finished in the top ten.

  With the conclusion of a relatively successful season for Eagles Athletics, two Heritage wrestlers have singled themselves out. Seniors Jared Todd and Alejandro Gandara represented Heritage in the 2015 CHSAA State Wrestling Championship.

  Todd is coming off of his third consecutive state appearance was extremely excited to be able to once again compete on the largest stage in the sport.

  “It was bittersweet because I know I gave everything I had on that matt and wrestled the best I could but it just didn’t finish the way I had hoped,” says Todd.

  Todd was able to secure the sixth place spot in the 160lb weight class losing to a top ranked wrestler. Todd entered the tournament seeded third in his weight class.

Heritage wrestlers relax in between rounds with teammates and coaches. Two Heritage wrestlers finished in the top ten.

Heritage wrestlers relax in between rounds with teammates and coaches. Two Heritage wrestlers finished in the top ten.

   “It is always a fun experience to wrestle at the Pepsi Center, and I think those memories will last a lifetime for me,” says Todd.

  He has been wrestling for the past 13 years accumulating various accolades.

  Gandara was able to secure an eighth place finish at the tournament. He fell short of breaking the all-time Heritage single season win record at 39 by one match.   

  Gandara has been wrestling for the past five years.

 “It was extremely exciting for me to be able to wrestle on such a huge stage. Even though I feel like I have some unfinished business it was a great feeling to make it as far as I did,” says Gandara

  Although neither wrestler was able to satisfy their own goals their efforts and finishes are extremely respectable and admirable.

  “As for now I think I am hanging it up to enjoy my college years but we’ll see in a couple years if I decide to pick up the sport again,” says Todd.

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