Jackson County aims high for sectionals meet


JT Wood will represent the Panthers in the 120 weight division at the state championship meet. Roxanne Andreasen/For the Paper.

The sport of wrestling pushes you to prove yourself all throughout the season and once you have done so, there is still more work to be done.

The Panthers competed in their area meet this past weekend and while they didn’t come out as the victor as a team they had a few individual efforts that will allow them to continue their season at sectionals tomorrow.

Still, the Panthers will have to have another top-notch performance to qualify for state; their road to bringing home the trophy is far from over.

“I am very proud of how our team wrestled this past weekend. I am disappointed that we did not finish in the top four but, I am happy with how they performed. We are in a very tough area and we had six wrestlers qualify for the sectional tournament,” said Head Coach Jason Powers.

JT Wood was named the area champion in the 120 weight class and Daivon Ledford in the 170.

“JT and Daivon had excellent tournaments and both earned area titles. We were shut out of individual area titles last year so it is nice to have two again this year. The other four wrestlers had great weekends as well, but came up short of the area title,” stated Powers.

The Panthers’ goals are usually set for a top four finish but this time around, Powers is setting the bar a little higher due to what’s at stake.

“Our goals going into sectionals are high. We are hoping to qualify all six wrestlers for the state tournament. We are going to have to wrestle tough to be able to accomplish our goal but I truly think we can do it. In addition to just qualifying, we have to also place as high as we possibly can so that it will set us up nicely for a top six placing at the state tournament,” Powers said.

The season has been a long one but Powers is confident that his troops have enough fight in them to get the job done next week and beyond.

“As we are nearing the end of our season, we are doing our best wrestling. I have no doubt that the trend will continue this upcoming weekend in Morgan County at the sectional tournament,” said Powers.