"That's the goal, just take it, take state."
-Micah Burke, Junior Bison Wrestler at 285lbs.
Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- South High School will send 17 wrestlers to the state tournament in Casper, Wyoming.
Daniel Hammond was the top finisher for the Bison at the 4A East regional tournament in Sheridan, WY. He took 1st at 145lbs.
"He had some good matches up there," said Bison head coach TJ Castillon. "We kinda thought he's the number one guy all the way through, he's beaten everybody in that weight."
The week before the state tournament is a time for final tweaks to a wrestlers game and to narrow the focus down to the final goal of the season, win state.
"We're just practicing hard and making every practice count, it's our last week of practice," Hammond said. "Even though I won regionals I haven't won state yet so I gotta keep pushing."
Junior Micah Burke's efforts at the East regional have been well documented. He lost a close battle to Brett Schaeffer from East High School 3-1 in overtime.
There is a lot that will have to happen for another rematch to take place at the state tournament, but Burke hopes to meet Schaeffer, a senior, again.
"Oh yeah, of course that's the goal," Burke said. "Just take it, take state."
Coach Castillon realizes the extent of the challenge and knows that the state tournament is the perfect place to pull out all the stops.
"Burke's gotta find a shot, people have learned, don't shoot on the kid (Schaeffer) and you'll be fine," Castillon said. "Now we gotta force it and we gotta force our own shots and he's gotta make something happen.
"We've been working with him on that this week and trying to find a different angle on a kid. Heavyweights are kinda different, you don't really want them to shoot but when they're 1-0 matches somebody's gotta do something in the match."