By Jon Saperstein Herald Writer
For the Cuzzetto brothers Friday was a very mixed day.
Sophomore Noah, who wrestles 106 pounds for Edmonds-Woodway, led off the day with a pair of tough but convincing decisions. His first bout was 2-1 and second 2-0.
“I knew it was going to be tough because he was ranked fourth in state but I knew I could beat him,” Noah said.
Matt, who is a junior and Wrestles at 145 pounds started the tournament with a pin but lost a bloody quarterfinal that ended with both nostrils plugged with cotton to keep the match from being repeatedly stopped. Matt succumbed to Davis’ Austin Wagner with a 9-5 decision.
With his day done it was hard for Noah to watch.
“He’s got a touch match,” Noah said. “I’m kinda nervous. I don’t like watching my brother because I can’t really control the match. I just see stuff that he doesn’t. I’m kinda nervous, but excited for him at the same time.”
Matt then dropped his consolation final and missed his chance to place two years in a row. Meanwhile Noah had a long time to kill between his early afternoon quarterfinal and a Saturday morning semifinal.
“I’m excited, nervous a lot of emotions. It’s kind of a waiting game now. I’ve got to be hydrated and well prepared to make weight again tomorrow.”
The athletes have to make weight again Saturday morning, so there will be no extravagant meals out on the town in Tacoma.
“Tonight I’ll probably have a light dinner,” Noah said. “A salad and some water or something.”
Not your average wrestlers
Snohomish’s Ammon Morrill is not your average wrestler. Not only is the senior tremendously skilled, a good tactician and brilliant strategist, but he is the master of keeping things light and loose so he and his teammates don’t stress too much. So far it has worked as Morrill advanced to the semifinals at 160 pounds easily.
Morrill is also great at keeping his and his team’s accomplishments in perspective.
“It’s like trying to win a whole war,” he said referring to trying to think about being state champion. “You’ve just got to focus on each individual battle up until you win the war. You can’t focus on the end point.”
The state wrestling meet is for the most part six minutes of fury followed by a lot of patience and waiting. The wrestlers that don’t take their mind off the mat all day, likely run the risk of burning their brains out. Morrill seems to understand that idea better than most.
“When I’m not wrestling I try not to think about wrestling. Its good to clear your mind and not think about wrestling.”
At the hotel where the Snohomish contingent is staying near the Tacoma dome, Morrill and a few teammates ran into a few of the Panther cheerleaders down the hall. They were playing board games so the wrestlers joined.
“(The cheerleaders) were playing Sorry! and they needed an extra player, so we just went and had fun and kept our minds off wrestling,” Morrill said. “We were just having fun, which is what a lot of our team likes to do just have fun and stay loose. When it comes to wrestling we wrestle hard.”