After a raid through the 113 bracket with 3 first round pins a technical fall and a major decision in the finals, Jordan Reyes from Willamina, OR took some time to give us some words on his 12-5 win over Olmstead, NEW.
Westview High School, OR. 32 of the toughest teams in the North West came to battle out one of the only tournaments where you can earn a leather & gold championship belt. Some of the teams such as; Orting, Rogers, Tahoma, Kentwood, Sumner, Newberg and Sweet Home who had a big presence at their respective state tournaments last February came with their toughest Line-ups to prove who is #1. Between all the chaos Jordan Reyes a wrestler from Willamina, OR. ran through the bracket in an impressive manner to find himself winning a belt at the end of 2 very tough days. We talked to him and during our talk we asked a couple questions:
What is the greatest part of this tournament and how does this make you feel?
-"Well, the greatest part of this tournament, obviously is a belt you know, not many tournaments have an award like that. So it's definitely the belt. Two years before this I've always lost in the finals so it was great to finally win."
Do you think this is one of the toughest tournaments in the region?
-"Oh, by far because there are so many schools here from so many classifications, so you get to meet a bunch of people that are good and talented, so definitely by far."
What is something you would like for the people that watch you wrestle to know?
-"Basically maybe just everyone can do it. All it takes is hard work and dedication so anyone can do this. I just wanna put on a show for others and show my talents, show how my hard work is paying off"
After watching Jordan's final match the vibe coming off is pure passion for the sport and a lot of rewarding feelings from the hard work "paying off". Jordan just like all the other champions came to the tournament to show their abilities, but more importantly how much passion can be put into one sport called wrestling. The passion lived through this sport can be heard from the bleachers and can be felt on the ground when the pin is called. Wrestling is a beautiful sport that requires discipline, creativity, grit, endurance, will and most importantly heart, and after watching Jordan Reyes's match i was reminded of what wrestling really means.
By: Diego Castellanos