Derek at the podium for 3rd place in districts
Derek did VERY well wrestling his second year of high school and we are so proud of him! He only lost one match in league and placed third in the district at 160 pounds. At regionals, we had a bit of a difficult time because his weight bracket was stacked with REALLY good kids. Of the eight kids in the regional bracket, six were ranked in the state or had placed in state last year. He also was the youngest kid in his bracket. Needless to say, he won his first match and it was downhill from there. His teammates didn't fair much better, but two did make alternates to state. Derek is pretty disappointed how it all turned out because he felt like this would be a great year for him, but he's got two more years to make his goal of wrestling in the state tournament. We have no doubt that he'll reach that goal!
Derek's deciding right now whether he is going to play soccer for the high school this spring (he hasn't played soccer since he was 11!) or freestyle wrestling again.
P.S. He is going to be 16 years old in about 2 weeks. This means he is going to be driving and dating. Pray for me/us/him/others!