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CATA Students Win State Wrestling Championship

Daniel Gregorich, Coach Mike Jacobus and Will Robinson celebrate being the first State Champions for CATA.

On Saturday, February 27, 2010, Athletic Director Chris Batchelor and Assistant Principal Mike Zezech were in a position to witness school history unfold.

Earlier in the day, Daniel Gregorich and Will Robinson had advanced to the 1A State Championship Finals, Daniel in the 103 pound weight class and Will in the heavyweight division. As a freshman, Daniel had made history by qualifying for the State Tournament. He was then followed by Junior Will. Several matches later they were in the finals, guaranteed of at least runner-up titles. But that was not good enough. The fire of competition blazed within them both. Coach Mike Jacobus and Coach Del Bradshaw had the two young men focused on their target and provided the inspiration they would need to get over the last hurdle.

Daniel took to the mat first, wrestling the 6 minute match to a tie. Overtime sudden death came and went, opening the door for two, 30-second tie-breaker periods. Daniel won the choice of starting position and selected the down position. He was able to get a reversal on his opponent to take a two point lead. With only 30 seconds standing between himself and a State Championship title, Daniel had to hold his opponent on the mat and not give up any points. As the whistle blew, Central Academy of Technology & Arts had a State Champion.

Three hours later the pressure was on Will to join Daniel in the making of school history. Having had a long time to plan his match, Will approached the circle with a clearly defined purpose. From the first whistle he controlled the action and did not allow his opponent to have any offense. Just into the third period Will muscled his opponent to his back and held him down for the pin. A second State Champion in one night! School history was made by two young men who faced their competition and emerged victorious. Congratulations to Daniel and Will, CATA’s first ever State Champions in any sport!

Written by: Michael Zezech
Posted: Mar 04, 2010 by Deb Christensen

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