VASJ senior Patrick Sheridan is still alive at the D3 state wrestling tournament.
After an 0-2 appearance as a junior, Sheridan was not ready to go home early again.
Sheridan fell in a tough match to Thomas Schwieterman of Coldwater in the opening round, 11-8. He came back with a pin over Kain Brossia of Bloomdale Elmwood in the second match in the state consolation bracket.
Sheridan will wrestle on March 9 in the second round of the consolation bracket, his second trip to the state tournament.
Not only did the win advance Sheridan in the consolation bracket. It also broke an 0-3 record at the state tournament, something he said he needed before leaving high school.
Sheridan (42-4) advanced in the consolation bracket on March 9 against a yet-to-be determined opponent.
He needs to win one more match to be a top-eight finisher on the awards podium.
“It was real important (to win),” Sheridan said. “I kept thinking all year about it. Running at night, running in the morning I thought about it, and how I wanted to get to the state tournament and show my stuff.”
A year ago, Sheridan lost twice. When he opened his senior state tournament with an 11-8 loss to Schwieterman, he knew he had only one more shot.
“I was thinking, ‘He’s a strong boy,'” said Sheridan to the News-Herald when asked his thoughts when Brossia picked him up and threw him to the mat early on in the second match. “I didn’t expect him to pick me up and slam me like that.”
As far as his Day 2 goals, Sheridan was short and sweet.
“Keep moving on and see what happens,” he said.