Warriors wrestling hits milestones
Published 9:56 pm Wednesday, February 14, 2018
In the midst of all the success the Nansemond River High School wrestling team has had this season, its athletes have also had a lot of individual success.
Nansemond River’s wrestling team is preparing for the Class 5 state tournament. A few of the state qualifiers have achieved some nice career milestones this season. The Warriors had three wrestlers eclipse 100 career wins this season, and Warriors coach Tripp Seed earned his 200th career victory.
Elijah Williams, Daniel Peacher and Zechariah Gray each got his 100th win this season. Peacher achieved his 100th win during the last week of the regular season for the Warriors, and it was a goal of his that he set his freshman season. Seed actually earned his 200th win the same tournament that Peacher earned his 100th career win.
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“It was great to achieve that goal,” Peacher said. “It was even better when my coach had his 200th team win in the same match.”
Peacher won the regional championship at 150 and felt pretty good about how he wrestled at regionals and his preparation going forward for the state tournament.
“I think me and the other six guys who qualified for state are going to come in and make some noise,” Peacher said. “I am feeling good about the state tournament, but honestly I am just going to go out there and have fun and just wrestle my best.”
Williams earned himself a regional championship as well. He too set a goal his freshman year that he wanted to accomplish 100 career wins, and he has done that. What makes Williams tick on the mat is the people close to him. The passing of his uncle and his godbrother have motivated him along the way in his wrestling career at Nansemond River. He reached the state tournament last year and will take the things he learned from last season into this season.
“I learned that every match is a war,” Williams said. “I am 100 times more confident, and I know I can win as long as I wrestle like I know I can.”
Gray earned his 100th win during the same tournament Williams did. With Gray being only a junior, it is likely he could go beyond 125 career wins by the time he’s done at Nansemond River.
Seed is more than happy to see his wrestlers accomplish milestones and for what it does for the Nansemond River wrestling program as a whole.
“It was cool to be all be able to hit milestones together,” Seed said. “I told the kids it isn’t about me; it is about them. They are going out there and wrestling these matches, and they are taking the right path to be successful. It is a pretty good achievement for a high school kid to reach. We wrestle a pretty good schedule as well, so it is very impressive. I’ve had a lot of fun coaching them.”