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Red Devil Wrestlers Reflect on Year in the Midst of Postseason

January 16, 2014
Richmond High School

by FRANKLIN CRIST (RadioTroy.com Sports)

RICHMOND, Ind. – With the Conference Title and a potential deep state tournament run from key members of the Richmond high school wrestling squad fresh in their minds, coach Jeremy Bane and company know the importance of finishing off an already rewarding season. The Red Devils are lead by junior heavyweight Nate Trawick, who is currently sixth in the state in the class.

 “The season’s going pretty well.” Trawick stated following his 3-0 night in the Tiernan Center against New Castle, Arsenal Tech, and Muncie South. “Right now I’m 29-1 on the season, and got to compete against a lot of different styles and been in a lot of situations.” 

It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the Red Devil phenom, as his only loss of the season came to a nationally ranked opponent he is liable to meet again. 

“I can actually take a lot away from my loss earlier this year to Wesley”(Bernard, who is currently first in the heavyweight class for Indiana, and sixth in the nation). “He’s a really good kid, and real technical. Next time when I play him I’ll be fore assertive, and I’ll need to do that over the whole match. Us big guys don’t like to move, so being active will be key.” 

Trawick isn’t the only Richmond grappler with their eyes set on a state title. Freshman Alston Bane looks to cap his year with a title as the only freshman on the Red Devil roster. Bane of course is the son of coach Jeremy Bane, and is potentially one of the most knowledgeable athletes on the squad.

 “I’ve got some pressure on me being a coaches kid, but at the same time we have a pretty strong bond.” Bane stated Wednesday evening. “Being the only freshman really doesn’t bother me either. I get a lot of support from all of our guys, and that’s great since I’m the only freshman in our varsity lineup.”

Like Nate Trawick, Bane also feels his biggest learning experience came during his only two losses on the year.

“I lost a match at the Spartan classic where I was in on a single leg, and got flipped on my back. I just need to learn to deal with those single leg situations, and I’ll definitely benefit from that. Also lost to the number three kid in the state, and I felt like he got a few more calls since we were in their gym, but that’s to be expected.” 

With experience coming from all ages of the team, another key member of the Richmond wrestling team Blake Hilliard comes in as the lone senior on a young Red Devil squad. 

I think the guys look to me a bit, but I think we have some younger guys who get the bulk of the leadership title.” Hilliard said. “Really we look out for each other, and help each other when we need it. 

The season started out slow for Blake, as he missed weight in the first part of the season. 

“I did miss weight a time back earlier in the year, but I try not to let stuff like that affect me. I just try and stay mentally strong. These guys need me, and expect me to come through for them. No time for bad vibes.” 

Coach Jeremy Bane is optimistic about his guys going into the postseason. The conference meet is also upon them, and he expects a strong showing in the conference meet as well. 

“We have such a strongly knit group, and I think our guys will be able to pull together and make something happen when the conference meet comes around.” Coach Bane stated following Wednesday night’s four way meet. “We got a great leader in big Nate (Trawick) and all our guys really look to him and form around his leadership. I expect a top half showing at conference, and I think it will really get us ready come time for the state tournament.” 

The Red Devils will be back in action again Jan 25 at the North Central Conference meet.

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