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State Wrestling Recap: Woisin takes 1st in 195 pound, team finishes 9th.

AUSTIN DENTON|SPORTS

Josh Woisin was asked what the atmosphere was like at the Santa Ana Star Center on Saturday during the state wrestling tournament, “It was really loud in there.”

And why exactly was the Star Center rocking? Because Woisin was heading into a match that could potentially make him a state champion in the 195-pound division versus Manzano’s Martin Jaime. “I just started thinking about what I needed to do. I had a lot of confidence going into the match because I’ve beaten him many times,” Woisin said.

Josh Woisin celebrates his state championship victory by putting #1 fingers in the air. Photo Credit to Una Woisin

Josh Woisin celebrates his state championship victory by putting #1 fingers in the air. Photo Credit to Una Woisin

It was a hard fought match, but in the final round, Woisin completed a greatly executed takedown in the last minute to give him a 3-1 decision on points. “It was such a great feeling knowing that all that hard work paid off,” he said. “Everyone was just really happy for me because they know all the hard work I’ve put in.”

Woisin finished 26-1 on the season, his only loss coming in the 220-pound division, not the 195-pound division according to James Yodice of the ABQ Journal.

As a team, the Bears finished 9th overall out of 23 teams competing in Class 6A.

Other notable state Bear placers were Declan Sanchez who finished 6th in the 113-pound division, Matthew Pederson who finished 5th in the 126-pound division, Derek Loidolt who finished 6th in the 182-pound division, and DJ McDowell who finished 6th in the 220-pound division.

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