There is a certain bond that is formed in each and every sports team. It's like nothing else; you aren't just teammates or classmates. In wrestling, our team had something special -- we were brothers. That may be difficult for people to understand because most people view wrestling as an individual sport. However there are 13 other individuals battling for the same purpose, not just to win but more importantly for each other. In that sense we are more like brothers than anything else. We ride on each others successes, we pick each other up when we fail, and we inspire each other to achieve greatness.
During the State Tournament this brotherhood was more eminent than ever. The team enjoyed delicious post weigh-in meals together in downtown St. Paul and staying up late in the luxurious Embassy Suites. Together we warmed up and prepared for our final matches of the year, for the seniors the final matches of their career. Wrestlers who did not make it to "The Tourney" were begging coaches to tag along to help their teammates warm up and be there for support. We picked each other up when we lost a heart breaker and sat on the edge of our seats cheering during an intense victory. Together we sweated, we bleed, we cried; and when it was all said and done, I can not be more proud of our team and how we competed. I realized as I stood on the podium for the last time how much I am truly going to miss this sport and everyone who I have shared all the unforgettable memories with.
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