For the past two years the Pirates have been the ones to send the 21 time state champs home for the offseason.
“We know there’s a target on our back, because we’ve been successful in the past. It’s helping motivate us throughout the year, and keep us pushing to do better than we did before. We know there are people coming for us,” said senior Sam Rathburn.
“I think we know how to win. I think we have the tradition to kind of wrestle up to the competition, and hopefully we can do that again. They have a great program and they have a lot of great things going for them, but I feel like we’re a great team too. It will be a great match, for sure,” said Alec Ingold.Earlier this season the third ranked Red Raiders got the best of the eighth ranked Pirates at an invite. Now Bay Port is heading into the match as an underdog, but plans on attacking the match.
“This is going to be a great test for us. We’re coming in as the underdog this year. We’re looking at this as an opportunity to get back at them, I guess. Our kids will be ready, it will be a great duel, and we’ll get out there and wrestle our best,” said head coach Brad Shefchik.
Once again the Pirates find themselves matched up Rapids for a trip to state, the final goal at the top of a list of many that have already been achieved.
“Coach always talks about leaving our own legacy here. Making sure that every body is working as hard as they can, because that’s what the seniors have done before. They’ve really been pushing us, and pushing the underclassmen to work hard,” said Ingold.
“Everything is going towards that main goal of getting a state championship. So, with that we work on becoming conference champs, regional champs. Now we’re looking to become sectional champs. It’s one step at a time to get to that ultimate goal,” said Rathburn.