Student-athlete spotlight: Wrestler powers way toward goals

Trey Whitehead heightens effort in drive to reach state


Arapahoe's Trey Whitehead learned last season that there are no shortcuts to be a successful wrestler.

Whitehead, a senior 126-pounder, is having a good season and credits hard work.

“I've done all this work, conditioning and stuff,” said Whitehead. “After last season, I didn't do very well so I started doing extra practices during the summer, tournaments, camps and running just to get my cardio up.

“Last year I only wrestled during the season and that didn't help out because I got beat by a lot of kids that were outworking me. So I started right after last season, lifting weights, doing conditioning and competing in tournaments and that really helped me out.”

Whitehead will be competing in the Region 3 tournament on Feb. 15-16 at Westminster High School with hopes of qualifying for the first time for the state tournament.

“This season I have definitely accomplished a lot,” added Whitehead. “My main goal since I was a freshman in high school is to make it to state. I've been pushing myself all season to get good seeding in tournaments and pushing myself in each match to get a good record. I've beaten some kids ranked above me this year.”

Key stats:

Whitehead was 13th in the On The Mat rankings for Class 5A and has compiled a 25-6 record.

Coach's take:

`He is a tough kid and he just grinds and grinds. He has just made himself better. He is a model of work ethic in what belief in yourself and teammates can do. He has just improved so much from last year.'

Steve Sisler, Arapahoe High School head wrestling coach

Q&A with Trey Whitehead

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Bo Nickal, a wrestler from Penn State. Watching him, his mindset for wrestling drives me to be better. He's No. 1 but keeps on driving and working out and doesn't want anyone else to pass him.

What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?

My Dad (Brad) really motivates me a lot. He's always telling me to stay positive and have a mindset of winning instead of losing. That's helped because last year I had a mindset of losing.

What would be a perfect performance going into the regional tournament?

Win my first match, win my second match to get to the semis and probably beating a ranked kid above me in the semifinals.

What is your favorite class in school and why?

Math. I always struggled with reading and reading comprehension and I'm really good with numbers and equations

What do you like to do away from sports and school?

Outside of school, I really like to go outdoors, camping, fishing and dirt bike riding.

What are your plans after high school?

My plans are to go into the Air National Guard and to CSU.

What is your favorite wrestling move?

My favorite move would be the outside single because I score well with it and I like to start a match with it for a takedown.

What is the hardest part about being a wrestler?

The mental part, not showing you're tired and to keep on going when you think you're tired.


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