Making it far in the post season is every athlete’s goal and junior wrestler TJ Moore took his wrestling season all the way to states.
Moore competed in the PIAA state wrestling tournament March 7-9 at the Giant Center.
“It felt like it was really cool to be competing there and it was a really cool experience,” said Moore.
According to coach Chris Voshell, the PIAA state tournament is one of the toughest tournaments in the country.
“Any time a wrestler qualifies for the state tournament, as a coach you are always proud of that wrestler but that pride has to be tempered because the work is not finished,” said Voshell.
Moore was in the top 16 wrestlers of his group as he competed in the 220 weight class and finished off his season with a record of 38-10.
“I feel like it’s really cool to be one of the top 16 wrestlers in the best wrestling state in the country,” said Moore. “I feel like this season really showed me that there’s always room for improvement and that hard work pays off.”
Moore started wrestling last winter and plans to improve for his senior season.
“Having next year to compete is really promising and I hope I’ll have a better outcome than this year,” said Moore.
Moore is a 3 sport varsity athlete who can credit his success to his work ethic in practice, the weight room and also the classroom. Besides wrestling, Moore also plays lacrosse and is on the track team in the spring.
“Making it to states is definitely something to be proud of,” said Voshell, “but also something to build on.”