Athlete of the Week: Tony Wuest

Athlete of the Week: Tony Wuest

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Athlete of the Week: Tony Wuest

 

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TONY WUEST, junior, Smyrna wrestling

THE WEEK: Pinned Azim Opare in 1:09 as Smyrna downed Dover 41-19 last Wednesday to improve to 3-0 in dual meets. Has been at his best in individual tournaments, winning the 195-pound title at the Ray Oliver Invitational, Milford Invitational, and Mount Mat Madness, and taking third in the prestigious Beast of the East at the University of Delaware.

THE EXCITEMENT: “You don’t want to be caught out at the concession stand when 195 is being wrestled,” Smyrna coach Kurt Howell said. “You’re going to miss the fireworks. He’s so exciting. You never know what he’s going to do.”

THE IMPULSE: “It sounds bad, but I don’t think about things a lot,” Wuest said. “I just do them. And if they don’t work, I’ll scramble my way out of it. … I just create scrambles, create shots, create openings. Whatever is there, I take it.”

THE DEFENSE: Wuest has worked against Smyrna’s lighter wrestlers, especially 145-pound Chase Archangelo and 152-pound Nathaniel Bryant, to improve his defense. “They do a lot of shooting. That’s what I’m trying to get more into my style,” he said. “If they shoot, I’m working on my sprawling, I’m working on my defense. In a lot of my matches, I’ve scored off of my defense. That’s where it helps.”

Smyrna junior Tony Wuest has already won three major tournaments this season, and is on track to be one of the top contenders for a DIAA championship at 195 pounds.

Smyrna junior Tony Wuest has already won three major tournaments this season, and is on track to be one of the top contenders for a DIAA championship at 195 pounds.

THE AGGRESSION: “I’ve seen everything he does, but everything I teach him, he tries it,” Howell said. “… That’s one of the greatest assets he’s got, is that he’s a risk taker. You teach him something, and he’ll try it in the next match.”

THE BEAST: Wuest’s third-place showing at Beast of the East, one of the nation’s toughest tournaments, added to his confidence and stoked his desire. “It boosted my work ethic,” he said. “It showed me how much I could accomplish if I worked harder.”

THE STATES: Wuest won the 182-pound title and was named outstanding wrestler at the DIAA tournament as a freshman. He suffered an injury in last year’s state semifinals but is gearing up for another title chase. “It’s the same goal every practice, every tournament,” he said. “Finish the practice and get 10 times better… I want to see everything I do wrong, fix everything before states, where if you mess up it’s over.”

THE CLASSROOM: Wuest enjoys Social Studies and History, especially studying the history of wrestling.

THE FUTURE: Wuest wants to continue wrestling in college while studying athletic training. He has already received some recruiting interest. “I’ve been keeping my eye out. There are a couple of schools I like,” he said.

Send Athlete of the Week nominations to Brad Myers at bmyers@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ

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