Copperas Cove wrestling head coach Jeremy Shannon said he’s excited for the upcoming district meet which will take place in Bryan on Saturday.
“I think our kids understand that wrestling is a unique sport and that anyone can win on any given day,” he said. “I have high hopes for our boys and if our girls can get just a little bit more aggressive, they should do well, too.”
Cove participated in the Tri-Meet held at Shoemaker on Thursday.
“Most of our kids split their two matches,” Shannon said. “I was happy with how we competed. David Castillo (285) stood out for us. He got beat by the Shoemaker kid but David had multiple opportunities to win that match. David did beat his Harker Heights opponent. He’s looking a lot better now from earlier in the season. I’m very hopeful for him in the district meet.”
Shannon said he was also impressed with Bryce Delano (170) and George Castillo (182), David’s brother.
“Bryce had a tough first match but rebounded to win his second for us,” Shannon said. “George looked really good. He has drastically improved in all areas. He fought hard for us on Thursday. He was beaten by Shoemaker but he beat his Harker Heights foe. Coming into this season, he was our No. 2 guy at 182. But he’s worked his way into the first spot.”
Lane Teeter (106) has been superb for Cove all season but had to miss Thursday’s action due to an injury.
“I felt it was best for Lane to just get perfectly healthy for the districts,” Shannon said. “I believe he has what it takes to get to the regional meet. And I do want to add that Lane Robison (145) has the potential to make it to regionals, too. Now if we can get one or two more guys to make it that would be great.”
Shannon said two girls in his program, Jazmine Kim (119) and Uriah Kilwein (128) also have the potential to earn a trip to the regionals.
“If they both can get a little more aggressive, they’ll be more successful,” he said. “I want to see them break out of their shell — be more aggressive rather than just reacting. They definitely have the potential to do that.”