Wrestling team wins the regional tournament, advances to State

The BVNW wrestling team won the regional tournament and placed every member of its team.

Kathleen Lutz and Kat Flaherty

Natasha Vyhovsky, Writer

After winning the EKL tournament last weekend, the BVNW wrestling team hit the mats at the regional tournament earlier today eager to keep their streak alive. Needless to say, they succeeded. All 14 wrestlers qualified for the state meet next weekend in Wichita, and as a team, the Husky wrestlers were named regional champions. This is the first time in school history the team will be taking every member to State.

Seniors Samarth Thakur (106 lb), Jaquwan Stone (145 lb) and sophomores Sam Elliott (120 lb) and Max Tierney (152 lb) took first place in the regional championships. Freshman Alec Lyons (113 lb), juniors Chris Lyons (182 lb) and Foster Jacobs (195 lbs) and seniors Sean Salerno (132 lb), Ben Charpentier (160 lb) and Carter Tierney (220lb) all took second place in regional championship matches. Sophomore Jason Laramore (126 lb), junior Eric Foerster (170 lb) and senior Charlie Nelson (138 lb) followed suit in third place. Senior Kyle Styve took fourth place in the 285 lb weight class.

“I am just beside myself. I have never coached a team, even outside of (BVNW)… where we took everybody [to State],” head coach Tim Serbousek said. “So, this is special.”

Serbousek said he attributes the team’s performance to the hard work the wrestlers have been putting in since long before this season started. He also believes the team has adapted well to the system of practices and meets.

“They have been working at this extremely hard, not just during the season; they started working hard last March,” Serbousek said.

Elliot will be competing in State for second time this upcoming weekend.

“I’m really happy that I made it to State,” Elliot said. “I won regionals last year, and this year I just want to go out and get myself a state championship,” Elliot said.

Elliot said he hopes to improve his techniques for when he is standing and wrestling, and he looks forward to the opportunity to go to the state tournament and add another win to his record.

“So far, my season has been really good,’ Elliot said. “I’m 37-2, and I hope to improve on that at State.”