Camden Mercer | Reporter
The Avon boys’ wrestling team participated in the IHSAA-sanctioned State competition on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. The team finished seventh overall, with a dual meet record of 11-6.
One State wrestler from Avon, senior Ke’Tre Dickens, finished the season with a 15-7 record.
“It was new. I’ve never made it to a State event,” Dickens said. “It was amazing. The lights, the people, the energy. We did a “parade of champions” before the matches… we walked [out] and the crowd cheered super loud.”
According to Dickens, the energy on the mat was ‘crazy’.
“You could feel everyone’s eyes on you, and everybody was yelling,” Dickens said. “Even though I was tired that night, it’s like I had something in the tank because of the crowd’s energy.”
Mr. Zach Errett, Avon’s wrestling coach, said that State was an overall positive experience for the team.
“Of the top four that [advanced] to state, we had three wrestlers [make it to] the top three,” coach Errett said. “Jaden Reynolds finished third after dropping a very close match in the semi-finals to the eventual State champion. Cheaney Schoeff was a state runner-up. He was the only freshman in finals. Ray Rioux also finished second in the state. This was Ray’s second time finishing as a runner-up, and he is a four-time state place winner. We also have four Academic All-State Wrestlers: Nolan McAfee, Ke’Tre Dickens, Tyler Conley, and Jaden Reynolds.”
Coach Errett said he was very pleased with the outcome of this year’s season.
“Overall, the season went well,” coach Errett said. “We finished third at the Hoosier Crossroads Conference, second at Sectionals, second at Regionals, third at Semi-State, and seventh at State.”
Coach Errett said that the season helped the team to improve immensely.
“From the start of the year to the end of the year, we saw growth from nearly every wrestler on the team,” coach Errett said. “Some of the matches that we lost early, we won later. That is always good to see.”