Black River Falls junior Gary Garvin traveled to Madison on February 26 to compete in the WIAA State wrestling meet.
Competition was difficult throughout the tournament, and Gary had a tough opponent right from the start.
“Gary lost to a very good wrestler from Wisconsin Lutheran. In heavy-weight matches things can go either way in a hurry. At one point Gary almost made it out on top, but hisopponent readjusted quickly and ended with the win,” said wrestling coach Steve Markee.
Although Gary’s wrestling season ended more quickly than he had hoped, he has no regrets from the tournament, and took away everything he could have from it.
“I can’t look at this as a loss. I wouldn’t have changed a thing about how I performed. I had a great time with my coaches and fellow teammates and it was an amazing experience that I can take from,” said Garvin.
Gary’s thanked his teammates for all the support throughout the season and also at the tournament.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better teammate. He deserved everything he got this year with his successes. I can see Gary’s determination and work ethic during practice and competition and it motivates me. He makes me better,” said wrestling teammate Tyler Leadholm.
This isn’t the end for Garvin, either. He is taking this experience as motivation for his off-season and next year.
“This definitely fueled me to want to perform better in the future. I’m not satisfied until I’m at that state tournament again next year,” said Garvin. “I’m hungry for the win.”