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More Than A Wrestling Match

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Efren Quirino
Tommy and Burt ready to battle (Photo used with permission of Coach Quirino)

In a sport where it’s anyone game, it’s rare to have two wrestlers from the same school meet in the championship to compete for the ultimate prize. For St. X Wrestling, this happened recently when Tommy Rosenbarger and Caleb Burt competed for the JV State Championship title in the heavyweight class.

While we may see this as just a wrestling match between two Tigers, but for Rosenbarger and Burt, being able to wrestle each other in the final meant everything.

“It felt incredible,” Burt, who finished 6th last year in the JV tournament, said. “We made promises to each other after we wrestled at regionals that we would meet in the finals at state and the fact that we both did it was amazing.”

When it came to the match, it was all business for Burt.

“We love each other, but in terms of the match, we went all out,” Burt added.

Efren Quirino

For Tommy Rosenbarger, it was always more than just wrestling.  After not being able to wrestle last year due to his weight, Tommy made a commitment to himself and lost a total of 110 pounds to be able to wrestle this year.

“It was great, wrestling real matches and being able to win has been one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done,” Rosenbarger commented.

The journey has been long for both wrestlers, but both have not only improved exponentially as wrestlers, but as men as well.  This is an experience they will talk about forever.

Caleb (left) won 1st and Tommy (right) won second (photo used with permission of Efren Quirino)
About the Contributor
Hamilton Atkins, Staff Writer
Hamilton is a football player that has won a state championship with legends like the great Paul Gates. He tries to be a Louisville fan in all sports except squash but finds it extremely hard as they haven’t been good since Lamar. He is the mortal enemy of one Mr. Ben Kresse and has conquered his class twice while at St. X. He enjoys breathing.
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