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Two freshman wrestlers climb their way into the State series

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FRESHMAN CHAMPION: Freshman Alec Viduya prepares to contend for the state champion.  Viduya did not disappoint, coming out victorious in the 113 lb weight class.

FRESHMAN CHAMPION: Freshman Alec Viduya prepares to contend for the state champion. Viduya did not disappoint, coming out victorious in the 113 lb weight class.

Photo by Dave Schrader

Photo by Dave Schrader

FRESHMAN CHAMPION: Freshman Alec Viduya prepares to contend for the state champion. Viduya did not disappoint, coming out victorious in the 113 lb weight class.

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After the completion of the semi-state competition, freshman wrestlers Tyce Freije and Alec Viduya had made their marks as Roncalli athletes. Both of them were the only Rebels to advance to the state tournament this year, each at only 15 years old. The two had been battling on the mats for a long time, with Freije wrestling since he was four years old and Viduya when he started kindergarten.

“My dad wanted me to try out all of the athletics that were around growing up and wrestling just stuck with me,” Viduya said.

Before their state debut, a Parade of Champions was for planned the two. This event took place in the Auxiliary Gym room on the Thursday before the state championship.

Freije was in the 120 lb weight class and held a record of 38 wins and 10 losses for the regular season and sectionals through state. Viduya wrestled in 113 lb class ,and his record consisted of 47 wins and 2 losses.

Viduya climbed his way to the very final round of the 113 lb weight class after defeating last year’s state champion from Avon, Asa Garcia. In the championship round, Alec squared off with the Jimtown sophomore Hunter Watts. The battle was fierce, but Alec came out victorious and took home Roncalli’s forth individual wrestling state championship ever, making him the first person in 32 years to claim another state title under Roncalli’s banner.

“[Viduya’s] life will be changed forever.  We are extremely proud of what he was able to accomplish this weekend,” wrestling head coach Mr. Wade McClurg said.

In addition, Freije was the only ninth grader to qualify for state in the 120 lb weight class and dominated on Friday night with a 9-0 performance. After three tough matches in the State Finals, Freije placed eighth overall.

“We were very impressed with the way our two freshman performed on Friday night. That is a tough pressure round because you must win to advance to Saturday and be a State placer. Our underclassman performed like seasoned veterans on Friday,” McClurg said.

Both wrestlers have made significant marks in Roncalli’s wrestling program and as freshman nonetheless. Their success is only the beginning of the bright future for Rebel wrestling.

 

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