Patrick Sheridan is heading to the state wrestling tournament – in style.
The VASJ junior heavyweight continued his dominant season with a Division III district title by pinning Austin Mathis of Grand Valley in the championship match at Garfield Heights on March 4.
Sheridan has won 30 matches this season – all by pins – to qualify for the state tournament in Columbus.
At the D-III Garfield Heights District tournament, Sheridan pinned all four opponents to win the district championship and advance to the Schottenstein Center the weekend of March 9-11.
“30 wins, 30 pins. That is impressive. Pat is a strong kid and no matter if he is down in the match or not – he has found a way to win and he is never out of a match,” VASJ coach Bob Mullin said.
“I am very proud of him, and Pat has found a way to get off his back and get the job done no matter what the situation is. If he continues to do that and wrestle the way he has been, there’s no reason to think he can’t get on the podium in Columbus. He has a chance to win it all.”
Sheridan has a flair for the dramatic, trailing in each match but finding a way to pin his way to the state tournament defeating four opponents in the district by pin.
“I want to give all the credit to my coaches, family and teammates who where there and supported me because every time I was on the bottom and down in the match and was tired and weak, I would look to my corner and see Coach Mullin and the team all yelling and excited for me and I would think I would do it for them because they have been there all year long and this is the big reward we have all been waiting for – and for to get to state just tops it off for me,” Sheridan said.
“I listened to Coach (John) Storey when he said one match at a time and focus on the immediate goal. We are so lucky to have coaches here who are so supportive and knowledgeable. I have to say I love being a Viking.”
Mullin said this is the first heavyweight district champion in more than 30 years at VASJ.