Unrolling the Mats


Photography, Daniel Greeley

The referee declares a winner.

On Saturday, November 26, The Herrin High School wrestling team had their first meet of the ‘22-’23 school year. It was a triangular meet with Centralia and Fairfield in Centralia. The wrestlers left for Centralia at 6:30 that morning for an hour-long bus ride, ready to win. 


The wrestlers put all their effort into practicing almost every day of the week to prepare themselves for success, and it worked. They were incredibly confident in their ability to win and prove themselves to other teams and their coaches. The meet started with The Herrin Tigers against the Fairfield wrestling team and then the Centralia team.


Two of the Senior wrestlers were asked their goals for the ‘22-’23 wrestling season, and how they feel now compared to their first year wrestling. Questen Stover said that he “[plans] on getting at least 7 or more pins,” and that he feels “a lot more confident than [he] did [his] freshman year.” He wrestled one match at the meet. Tyler Yeager, another senior wrestler, stated that his biggest goal is “obviously to make state,” but the goal he is current;y aiming for is to “place in most tournaments.” Yeager said that feels a lot more confident this year compared to his first year because he has a lot more strength, experience, and “technical skill.” He wrestled two matches. Both Yeager and Stover wrestled in the 160 and 170 lb weight classes.  


The coaches are a huge part of the motivation and drive that the team has. They constantly encourage the athletes to push themselves and harness their strength to keep going and keep getting better. 


The Herrin Tiger wrestling season is off to an amazing start so far, and our great wrestlers will continue to make Herrin High School and its community proud.