[cleeng_content id="372873317" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]CHARLES TOWN – Tyler Sigler hasn’t made many mistakes this season on the wrestling mat. And the few he has, he’s determined to learn from.
Sigler, a senior at Washington and the No. 2-ranked grappler in the state at 126 pounds, has amassed a 36-2 record this season, including sometimes wrestling above his normal weight class to gain valuable experience against better opponents. But it is his most recent loss – a 4-2 overtime setback against state No. 1 Lucas Simpkins of Ripley during the Winners Choice tournament last month in Fairmont – that is foremost on his list of things to rectify.
“The kid’s a good wrestler,” Sigler said. “I had a good shot, but he took me down. I’ve watched that on film a couple times. I’m working to learn from my mistakes … hopefully I’ll see him again in the finals.”
Sigler appears to be making good on his plans for a potential rematch and final showdown. He’s spent the past month winning 15 consecutive matches, and last week he broke the school record for most technical fall victories – wrestling’s version of the mercy rule – in a season with 11. Washington’s Dylan Ceravalo, the school’s only state champion in wrestling who is now wrestling as a freshman at N.C. State, held the previous record with 10.
“It was my friend who graduated last year’s record, and I was happy to break it,” Sigler said. “I didn’t even realize I could break it until probably three weeks ago when I realized how many technical falls I had.”
A year ago, Sigler won the regional championship at 120 pounds, and later placed third in the state tournament. He started his senior season wrestling at 132 pounds, but dropped down to 126 pounds after Christmas.
Late last month, Sigler defeated Briar Woods (Virginia) defending state champion Michael Hulcher at 132 pounds by an 11-2 decision during the Viking Duals at Loudoun Valley.
“Anywhere we can go and get him that tough match, we’re going to find it,” said Washington coach Codie Gustines. “Tyler’s very finesse. He’s probably one of the smoothest wrestlers I’ve seen in a long time. It looks nonchalant, but he’s actually going 110 percent every time. He just makes it look easy.”
Following the Patriots overwhelming 61-9 victory Feb. 6 against Frankfort in Charles Town, Washington finds itself well-positioned in the lead up to the regional tournament Feb. 22 in Martinsburg. Fellow senior Ty Reynolds, who finished third in the state a year ago at 106 pounds, holds a 22-6 record this season while wrestling at 113. Jared Jones (30-5, 145), Mark Becraft (22-8, 170), Zane Bradbury (31-9, 182) and R.J. Wilson (31-9) also figure to factor heavily for the Patriots in postseason action.
“We’re going to take one match at a time and not be looking too far ahead,” Gustines said. “Especially in tournament time, when one move and you can get caught.”