DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — 49 Alabama high schools can boast a wrestling program and even though their new kids on the block, Northview High heads to the AHSAA State Championships in Huntsville feeling hopeful.
What started as a leap of faith as a first year program, head coach James Matthews is now helping his final four athletes prepare for the biggest moment of their young wrestling careers--- the state championship tournament.
"We kind of exceeded my expectations. We set goals of how we want to be the best we can be, we want to improve all year long. But never did we say we want to bring four, five, six -- we did not quantify how many we want to bring to state.”, said Matthews.
The moment to cash in on their hard work is nearly here for Jonathan Medeiros, Zaveon Jackson, Rannon Pasibe, and Thomas LaPlante, but come Thursday, they don't want to be overlooked on the mat.
"The pressure is going to be great but I believe I can handle it.”, said Medeiros “To me it is going to be another match. Need to take it step by step, person by person and strive to the top to get first place."