BROOMFIELD - No wrestler has more to prove this season than Legacy’s Skylar McWee.
McWee was one of the top wrestlers at 220 pounds last season, even winning the regional tournament.
However, his trip to the state tournament was derailed when he got sick right before the tournament.
He still wrestled, but was pinned by (G.J.) Central’s Thomas Holman and Legend’s Dalton Porter.
“Last year I was hyped up going to state,” McWee said. “And I go down there and pretty much choke.”
But with that behind him, the senior believes he can use last season as a stepping stone to a bright final season.
“I’m motivated big time,” McWee said. “This year I am hoping to win it.”
Even though last year’s state champion, Greeley West’s Austin Waterman, is moving up to 285, the competition at 220 pounds remains tough.
Columbine’s Brian Mayberry returns after finishing fifth and Overland’s Amer Tipura just missed getting a medal last season.
While McWee is a talented wrestler, he’s arguably a better football player.
He led Legacy’s football team with seven sacks and was second on the team with 48 tackles.
“It’s a lot different in the conditioning,” McWee said. “But being physical it is pretty much the same. I think it helps me by doing both sports.”
One thing that should help McWee and his teammates is Legacy High School held a camp this summer that was taught by Northwestern’s wrestling coach Drew Pariano and some of his assistant coaches. The camp will be an annual event at Legacy.
That experience and the energy with the Lightning wrestler have McWee thinking this team could be something special.
“I’m expecting a top-5 finish at state,” the senior said. “We have a lot of young guys and new guys, but they have adjusted to the program pretty well.”