A year older, with a year more wrestling experience, Western Hills junior Josh Morris will be competing at the state tournament this weekend.
“It’s been a pretty good season,” said Morris, who has a 25-11 record.
Morris finished fourth in the 152-pound weight class at last week’s regional tournament to qualify for state.
This will be his second straight trip to the state tournament.
“I at least know what to expect this year,” Morris said. “Last year I was shaking in my boots, just knowing I was with the best of the best.”
He went 1-2 last year competing in the 145-pound class.
The state tournament is Friday and Saturday at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Competition Friday starts at 10 a.m. and goes through two rounds of the championship and consolation brackets.
Saturday’s matches start at 9:30 a.m., and the finals are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
“He’s wrestled some really good competition this year,” WHHS coach Scotty Teater said about Morris. “I don’t think it’s a big deal he’s a No. 4 seed wrestling a No. 1 because he’s wrestled kids at that level.”
As a fourth-place finisher in the region, Morris will face the winner of another region in his first match at the state tournament.
“He’ll be dangerous as a four seed because of the way he wrestles,” Teater said. “He’s got a funky style of wrestling that will make him dangerous as a four seed.
“Plus he’s been overlooked being at Western Hills. He doesn’t get quite the respect he deserves, and he has a little bit of chip on his shoulder because of that.”
Morris said he’ll be low key at the state tournament.
“I’m going to be real laid back, knowing I got there,” he said. “That was the main thing. I’d like to do better than last year, get a little farther, and hopefully get on the podium.”
To do that he’ll have to place in the top eight of his weight class.