Wrestlers' goal: Get names on wall


Tribune photo by Zach Spicer/ Seymour senior Adam Wolka, right, wrestles Columbus East's Rob McKee in the semifinals of the 285-pound division during this winter's Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament at Seymour.

Tribune photo by Zach Spicer/ Seymour junior Matthew Ruddick tries to keep New Albany's Benjamin Castleberry on the mat during a second-round bout in the 145-pound division at Saturday's Jeffersonville Regional.

At the end of the Seymour High School wrestling team’s Take Down Cancer event in October, junior Matthew Ruddick and senior Adam Wolka were the only two remaining in the wrestling room.

They had been paired together in the offseason and preseason, and they talked about their goals for the winter that October night.

As they looked at the names of SHS state qualifiers on the wrestling room wall, Wolka said, “I looked at (Ruddick) and said, ‘Why not us? Why not now?’ We were just pushing each other. I know I haven’t missed a practice, and I’m pretty sure Matt hasn’t missed a practice, either. Just every day, we were working hard, pushing our partners, making them better as well as making us better and just always being prepared.”

Ruddick remembers that night distinctly, too.

“He asked where I wanted my name to be, where I wanted to put my name on the wall,” Ruddick said. “I know he said he wanted to be on the far end, and I said if he goes there I want my name under his.”

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