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WOW! We just had a great weekend at the Army National Guard Dual Team Tournament. There were 28 teams representing four different states. We finished in fifth place. The four teams that finished ahead of us are all ranked in the top five of their states (Ohio, Kentucky and two from West Virginia). We were the top team from our Region. It was a grind! But the reason we do it is because you must ‘challenge yourself’ and “welcome competition.”

I feel that you should not only welcome stiff competition, you should go out and look for it. It will make you dig deeper, reach out and stretch your athletic talent. Competition is someone setting a standard for you, a standard that should be constantly rising in quality. Most people don’t compete enough; they give up too easily. They level off and let their own personal standards dominate them. Then they never find out how good they can be. The pattern should be Competition – Mistakes – Corrections – Improvement – Success – Tougher Competition – More Mistakes – More Corrections – More Improvements – More Success! That is why, I believe, we will succeed!

Trivia: From 1969 to 2012 there were 12 Regional Champions in that time period. How many Regional Champions have there been from 2012 to 2019?

Upcoming events and highlights:

CONGRATULATIONS to our top five wrestlers from this past weekend. Chase Martin (8-1), Colby Piner (8-1), Alex Zimmerman (8-1), Owen Quinn (8-1) and Zach Mullins (8-1). Zach beat the Wrestler who placed third in the state last year. He was also named Team MVP of the Tournament.

Our next competition will be the Winners Choice Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 10/11) in Fairmont.

VERY IMPORTANT DUAL MEET: We will be wrestling St. Albans on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at HOME for the Region 3 Dual Meet Championship.

The winner will wrestle at The Greenbrier on Saturday, Feb. 1, for the State Championships. Please come and support our wrestlers for that match and the entire season.

Eastern Greenbrier Wrestling Club: The Club is having fun and continues to succeed. They are always accepting new members (age 4-12). Contact Coach Carl Godby at 1-304-667-4615.

See Coach Miluk or one of our current wrestlers about our Adopt a Wrestler program. It’s a great way to support our team and follow the success of our wrestlers.

Follow us on Twitter @CoachMiluk and Facebook at Greenbrier East Spartan Wrestling.

Miluk humor: I remember when I asked my wife to marry me. I said “Honey, I love you and I want to share all your worries and troubles.” She said, “I don’t have any worries or troubles.” I said, “I know, but we’re not married yet!” I warned her… Boy, am I in trouble! Ha!

Trivia answer: The Greenbrier East Wrestling team had 12 Regional Champions in 43 years. In the past 8 years we have had 22 Regional Championships. We are going in the right direction.

 

Wrestlers of the Week:

Name: Will Godby

Grade: 7th Grade

G.P.A.: 4.0

Parents: Carl and Kristi Godby

Record: 22-5  (16 Pins)

Highlight: Team Captain and leads the team in wins.

Quote: “Respect is not given, it is earned.”

Coach’s Comment: “Will has my respect and he has earned it! He is always looking for the toughest competition. His knowledge of the sport is amazing. He is one of the best!”

 

Name: Charlie Warlitner

Grade: 7th Grade

G.P.A.: 3.8

Parents: Donald and Sonia Warlitner

Record: 6-2  (2 Pins)

Quote: “Lead by example!”

Coach’s Comment: “Charlie has improved quite a bit from the first day of practice. He is understanding the sport and  it is helping him become a better athlete. We’re excited for his future.”

 

Name: Zach Mullins

Grade: 12th Grade

G.P.A.: 3.5

Parents: Carrie and John Chapman

Record: 22-2  (17 Pins)

Highlight: 4th. in the State and M.V.P. of National Guard Duals (28 Teams)

Quote: “I like being the underdog, so they don’t expect what is going to happen. It pushes me to work harder and do the things I’m not doing better.”

Coach’s Comment: “Zach is our Quiet Captain. He does all his leading on the mat. Zach has the ‘inner arrogance’ of a champion. He likes winning, but he hates to lose! He is one of the all-time best at Greenbrier East.”

 

Name: Levi Fisher

Grade: 11th Grade

G.P.A.: 3.5

Parents: Rodney and Laurie Fisher

Record: 5-5  (4 Pins)

Highlight: Three year letterman

Quote: “Wrestling will help you through difficult times in life and push through obstacles you never would have thought possible.”

Coach’s Comment: “Levi is one of the hardest workers on the team. His extra lifting outside the wrestling room is proven by his strength. I like his subtle sense of humor and his intense work habits. He’s a great kid!”