As the high school wrestling season closed out on Feb. 19, the Lowry High School wrestling team said goodbye to five seniors who were a part of the squad all four years, despite having their junior season wiped out due to Covid.
Angel Huerta, Jesse Hawkins, Hunter Smith, Boni Jacinto and Jorge Ochoa were the lone seniors on the squad this year. Huerta, Hawkins, Smith and Jacinto competed in the state championships in Boulder City.
Huerta and Hawkins earned fourth-place finishes in their final high school tournament. Smith and Jacinto reached the consolation semifinals in Boulder City.
“I want to thank them for their efforts and contributions to our wrestling program,” said LHS coach John Brooks. “Wrestling is a very demanding sport. These guys know what they will be putting themselves through, with long and hard practices, the traveling and the general wear and tear, but they sign up each year and do what is asked of them. My hope is that they understand that they are each better for it”.
“Wrestling is demanding for the wrestling parent as well,” said the coach. “The traveling alone can be a test. As coaches we have always received great support from our parents, and this year was no exception. We truly appreciate looking up in the bleachers and seeing you there.”