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The triumphs of state champion wrestlers

Students work hard to take state
Wyatt Carmichael
Haynes holds his bracket as he takes in the win

In high school sports, winning a state championship is a huge deal. For Seniors Enrique Haynes and Harrell Jackson, two outstanding wrestlers from our school, it became real as they secured the state championship in their respective weight classes. However, behind their victorious moment is a story of persistence, determination and friendship. 

Haynes and Jackson emerged as strong forces on the wrestling mat. Their journey to the state championship had its challenges, from tough training sessions to intense competition.

  “Every time I stepped onto the mat, I reminded myself of my goals and pushed through the pain,” Haynes said. “Wrestling isn’t just about being physically strong; I think it’s also about mental toughness.” 

While Haynes’ journey to the finish seemed tough, Jackson’s was significantly more emotional and full of overcoming adversity and doubt.

“There were times when I felt like giving up, but I had my teammates and coaches supporting me every step of the way,” Jackson said. “There were moments when I doubted myself, moments when I questioned whether all the hard work was worth it.”

Among their strong supporters is Imran Murad, a close friend who saw first hand the dedication and sacrifices made by Haynes and Jackson.

 “These guys are not just talented athletes; they’re true warriors,” Murad said. “I’ve seen them push themselves to the limit, both on and off the mat. Their bond as friends and teammates is unbreakable.”

Their friendship served as a driving force throughout their journey. Together, they pushed each other to new heights, inspiring their teammates and coaches along the way. Coach Scott Townsley, who mentored Enrique and Harrell, commends their resilience and determination. 

“Enrique and Harrell are great athletes who embody the spirit of perseverance,” Townsley said. “Their dedication to the sport and to each other is truly inspiring. I couldn’t be prouder of what they’ve accomplished.”

As Enrique and Harrell celebrate their state championship victory, their journey showcases the power of hard work, determination, and friendship. Through their commitment to greatness, they have made a lasting impact on wrestling here at Millard West, setting an example for all athletes. 

In the end, it’s not just about the medals or the praise; it’s about the journey—the challenges, the victories and the bonds formed along the way. Enrique Haynes and Harrell Jackson may have won the state championship, but their greatest triumph lies in the lessons they’ve learned and the mark they’ve left behind for future students.

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Connor Michalski
Connor Michalski, Staff Reporter
Connor is a senior at Millard West and he is on his first on the CATalyst staff. He enjoys staying up to date with current events and spending time with his friends and family. Connor also enjoys fishing, camping, and exploring. He also enjoys watching football, as well as other sports like baseball, hockey, basketball, and soccer. His favorite team is the Philadelphia Eagles.
Wyatt Carmichael
Wyatt Carmichael, Staff Reporter
Wyatt is a junior at Millard West and beginning his first year on the CATalyst staff. In his free time Carmichael likes to create sports videography and photography and spend time outdoors with family and friends by fishing, hiking, riding bikes and waterfowl hunting. Wyatt loves spending time watching high school, college and professional sports. Whenever Wyatt is watching sports he enjoys cheering on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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