Prep Wrestling: Boyle's Conley taking aim at first trip to state tournament
Noah Conley, top, of Boyle County wrestles Ciao Lima of Danville during a match Wednesday at Danville. Conley won by technical fall. (Clay Jackson / January 25, 2013)
But the Boyle County junior, who wrestles at 145 pounds, has his sights set on getting to state this season, and has been pleased with how his season has gone.
“There’s been some upsets, and then there’s been some that I kind of expected to happen. There’s a few matches I wish I would have won. I’ve had some ups and some downs, but tonight was probably one of my best matches,” Conley said Wednesday after scoring his first technical fall (leading by 15 points at any time in a match) a 16-1 win over Caio Lima during the Rebels’ match at Danville.
“I wanted to have a positive record. I didn’t want to lose that many, and then I really want to go to state this year because I haven’t been yet.”
He came close a year ago, when he lost a 9-6 decision to Dennis Swift of Nelson County for the region’s alternate spot to state. That loss pushed Conley to work even harder this year.
“It really disappointed me I didn’t get to state,” Conley said. “I definitely knew I had to work a lot more, work more with skilled workers with more technique. Basically, I just had to better myself to get to state.”
He’ll get his chance to get to the state tourney at the 2nd Region championships Feb. 8-9 at John Hardin.
Conley said he is wrestling “10 times better” than a year ago, and has gone against several of the wrestlers he’ll have to beat to get his shot at state. Scoring his first technical fall was a big boost for him, Conley said.
“It let me knows my technique is getting better,” he said.
While Conley does not do any offseason wrestling, he did keep in shape on Boyle’s soccer team. Of course, that only got him partially ready for the grind of wrestling.
“Wrestling shape and soccer shape are two totally different things,” said Conley, who will wrestle Saturday in the Danville Invitational along with his teammates. “You have to use different muscles, but I felt soccer still conditioned me and got me ready.”