Q and A: Stratford's Heiden focused on qualifying for state tournament

Q and A: Stratford's Heiden focused on qualifying for state tournament

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Q and A: Stratford's Heiden focused on qualifying for state tournament

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Senior Alex Heiden has accomplished a lot of his goals for his wrestling career.

He’s qualified for the WIAA state tournament as a sophomore and last year he won his first Marawood Conference championship.

Earlier this season he reached the 100-win milestone for his career and was voted a team captain for by his teammates. His record is 22-4 this year with two more conference dual meets left before the Marawood tournament and the WIAA postseason begins.

“Alex is a mat rat,” Stratford coach Joe Schwabe said. “He’s one of those guys who is always in the wrestling room. Anytime he can he’s working on something to make him better and even though he has individual goals, he’s a team guy. He will move up a weight or two if that’s what we need him to do for a dual meet or a tournament.

At 5-0 with two conference dual meets left, your team is the favorite to knock Edgar off the top of the Marwaood heap. What will it take to accomplish that? We have to stay healthy and be in the right state of mind. We can’t look past our last two duals and have to wrestle well in them. And at the tournament, we need to have everyone have a good day to pull it off.

How motivated were you after not qualifying for the state tournament last year after qualifying as a sophomore? It wasn’t so much that I wasn’t there last year is that I feel more urgency now. When I made it as a sophomore I thought it would be something that I could do every year and that wasn’t the case. This is my last chance to do something at state and I put my heart and soul into everything I did this summer to get back.

What is your best takedown and pinning combination? Any kind of drag and for a pinning combination it’s an arm bar. I have my favorite moves like every wrestler does, but I take what’s there and that’s what it comes down to a lot of the time. Getting good at any moves requires 100s of hours of mat time to get really good.

What are you goals for the rest of the season? I’ve only got a few left for my career. I qualified for state already, so now I want to qualify and get to the finals. I also hope we can win regionals as a team and win team sectionals to qualify for team state. I’ve accomplish a lot in wrestling and proud of what me and my team has done the past four years.

Your teams new wrestling room is very nice. How nice is it to have a spot for your team? It’s great. We used to practice on the stage in the gym and we’d get in each others way because there wasn’t enough room. Everything is padded and there is plenty of room so no one should get kicked or anything like that. We’re proud to have such a nice facility and we’re excited to have our own space in the school.

What are you plans for next year? I’m going to UW-Stevens Point to study in their athletic training program. I haven’t decided if I’m going to be in any sports yet.

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