Winter Springs Wrestling State Path

Bella Cuellar and Joshua Alter, Staff reporter

The Winter Springs High School wrestling team recently competed in the District 8 Nathan Brouwer Duals. Every year our Bears support the Brouwer Family in memory of Nathan Brouwer, a former student of WSHS who passed away in a tragic accident several years ago. 

Our wrestling team has Won Districts four years in a row and in 2021 claimed the victory in two state championships. This year Winter Springs dominated the Nathan Brouwer Duals, outscoring all the teams by nearly 200 team points. Winter Springs won against Horizon first round with a score of 72-12 then, won against Jones second round 59-15 and lastly, won for the championship round against Deltona 72-9. WSHS absolutely swept the stage with mostly pins throughout the matches. The team scored as many points as possible from pins and lost only six matches out of 42. 

Then the team moved on to regions on Thursday, January 12, having to wrestle two duals. The big dual was against Lake Gibson High School, the defending team state champions. The team swept through their first dual only losing a few matches. Where they then went on to get their rematch against Lake Gibson who they lost to last year by one match which was forfeited due to medical reasons. 

The dual started off very intense with a few close matches and a pin by Winter Springs’ Heavyweight Malik Emptage. Then the dual started to lean towards Lake Gibson’s favor up until the 132 weight class where Ryan Philips got a pin, 138 Josh Alter won by decision, and finally 170 Elijah Penton won by decision. Although the rest of the matches were lost ultimately leading to the end of the team State journey for the Wrestling team. They will now proceed onwards to individual tournaments where the team has a chance to win a different team title, that title being the team point title at the state tournament.