Islanders Not Satisfied With Fourth Straight Fracas Win

By: Rudy Mezzy Email
By: Rudy Mezzy Email

It's something that bothered them back in November.

"Right now, everyone thinks that we're number two," said Grand Island Senior High Senior, Trey Trujillo during a November practice, "so we have something big to prove."

The team that was thought to be number one was the Omaha Burke Bulldogs, but at the 2012 Flatwater Fracas, the Grand Island Islanders proved that they are the ones who belong at the top, even if it didn't look that way from the start. When Omaha Burke lead Grand Island 16-3 after five matches, the Islanders had some worries, but stayed confident.

Junior Dante Rodriguez said, "We still had a lot of dual left and our little guys, I know that we push hard and I practice with them and I knew they were going to do well too."

"It was kind of nerve wracking," said Trujillo, "because I didn't know how our upper weights and lower weights would go, but everything turned out good."

"I wasn't disappointed at first, I [thought] we'd kind of come out and win," said Rodriguez.

With the win, Grand Island Senior High makes it their fourth straight Flatwater Fracas win and makes the number two label a thing of the past.

"It means a lot," said Rodriguez, "it shows that our team should be number one this year and it shows that we are pushing harder than Burke."

But just because they took down the Bulldogs this time, does not mean the Islanders should forget about them.

"You know what, it's a great win for our team, we need to feel good about it," said head coach Mike Schadwinkel after the win, "but Burke's a great team and we're going to see them two or three more times and this is a good step in the right direction, but there's bigger events and we've got to be ready at the end when it counts."

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