The Coshocton County Beacon September 19, 2018 - Page 7

THE BEACON 7 www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STANDINGS COSHOCTON VARSITY: 1- 3 OVERALL, 0- 0 IN ECOL 8/24 8/31 9/7 9/15 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 Contributed | Beacon Lucian Brink is pictured in the back row, second from last. The Coshocton High School junior was part of the Ohio All-Star Wrestling team this past summer. Brink has second wrestling trip of a lifetime By Jen Jones COSHOCTON - “It seemed like a long trip, but when it was over, it seemed like it went so fast.” Th at’s how Lucian Brink, son of Shawn and Susan Brink and a CHS junior, described spending seven weeks last summer traveling the country and wrestling against the best wrestlers in the country. Th e group of 22 wres- tlers, aged 12-16, fl ew out west then traveled together in vans for seven weeks, from June 16 – Aug. 8. Th ey visited several states, including Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, California and Nevada, just to name a few. Th ey even went to Canada and Mexico. As they traveled, they had the opportunity to sightsee at every stop and Brink is excited to share his experienc- es with the trip. “We got to go up in the Space Needle and visited an Olympic pool in Canada.” Every day, they drove several hours, practiced, and went sightseeing. Being chosen for this team is not easy. Athletes are chosen based on their academic performance, wrestling ability and a “background check.” Brink actually was chosen to go on the trip twice – the fi rst time when he was 12 and last summer. “I was shocked I got chosen again, but really excited.” “Th e fi rst time I went, my parents had tons of questions and concerns (the athletes travel as a group with coach- es – no parents) and I was always worried I would forget something. Th is time, we were all more comfortable about it and it was a diff erent experience for me.” “When I was 12, I was one of the youngest on the team. I was a decent wrestler, but taking that trip made me so much better. We had some of the best coaches in the country. On that fi rst trip, I kind of got the ‘younger brother experience.’ I don’t have any older siblings so I’ve never felt like that. Some of the older wrestlers were instigators who kind of picked on the younger ones, while others looked out for us.” “Th is time, I was an older one and I tried really hard to be a good role model for the younger ones. When you are out there, everything is your own responsibility – manag- ing money and stuff like that. I hope I helped the younger guys grow and I know we all bonded. We were together non-stop – either in the van, practicing, sightseeing or just hanging out – always together.” “Even the guys who didn’t get along at the beginning or in the middle or at the end were sad to see the trip end. We just bonded and it was sad it was over.” Part of the reason Brink said he improved as a wrestler so much is practicing against so many styles of wrestling. “Most people don’t realize that every state has its own style of wresting and every guy wrestles diff erently. Get- ting that experience really made me a better wrestler. My record this summer was 16-2. I lost to a state champion and the guy he beat to win state. I actually won a match against another state champion.” Brink said traveling like he did has really opened him up. “I was never a quiet kid, but public speaking was nothing I liked. To go on these trips, I had to raise the money for the trip and I had to ask people to sponsor me. My fi rst trip, I had to speak to a school board and they said I could sell 50/50 tickets at a wrestling competition.” “Th at day, coach took me out to the middle of the gym fl oor, handed me a microphone and told me to explain to people why I was raising money. I defi nitely got pushed out of my comfort zone – on the trip, people were always asking questions and wanted to take pictures with us. I’ve opened up a lot.” Brink said he learned valuable lessons as he traveled. “Anytime I get an opportunity to try something that I might never get to try again, I’m going to take that op- portunity. I don’t want to have regrets about what I didn’t do. I also understand a little more how to treat my sisters after spending so much time with the younger wrestlers. I also know that everyone has bad days, but you still have to go out and practice.” Two highlights of his trip were just spending time hanging out with the other wrestlers and getting to know them and Lake Tahoe. “We got to go cliff diving – it was a great experience!” Brink would like to thank the community and the people who sponsored him for this trip, especially Larry Farrell, from ITM Marketing, and the Coshocton Foun- dation. “I’m very thankful for everyone’s support. Th e support means so much to me.” Indian Valley Claymont Ridgewood Port Clinton New Lexington Meadowbrook Philo Cambridge (Homecoming) 10/19 Maysville 10/26 River View L W L L A A A 0-40 42-6 20-34 0-32 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. H H H 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. NEWCOMERSTOWN VARSITY: 0- 4 OVERALL, 0- 0 IN IVC 8/24 Barnesville 8/31 Buckeye Trail 9/7 Berne Union (Homecoming) 9/14 Malvern 9/21 TCC 9/28 Tusky Valley 10/5 Indian Valley 10/12 Claymont 10/19 Garaway 10/26 Ridgewood L L 6-36 9-42 L L H A H A A H 0-6 21-42 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. RIDGEWOOD VARSITY: 4- 0 OVERALL, 0- 0 IN IVC 8/24 8/31 9/7 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 10/19 10/26 Northwestern Waynedale Coshocton East Canton Strasburg (Homecoming) Indian Valley Garaway Tusky Valley Claymont Newcomerstown W W W W H H A H H A 43-28 17-12 34-20 14-7 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. RIVER VIEW VARSITY: 2- 2 OVERALL, 0- 0 IN ECOL 8/24 8/31 9/7 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 10/19 10/27 Northridge Garaway Claymont Zanesville Barnesville (Homecoming) Minerva Marietta Meadowbrook Cambridge Coshocton W L W L H H A A H A 30-13 3-42 21-7 0-34 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.