By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.–It’s been nearly a week now since Levi Summer’s 12-8 170 pound District Championship Win over Newports Jesse Wagner and the Senior is already hard at work with live drills at practice as he preps for his thrid trip to the State Tournament up in Portland the weekend of February 24th and 25th.
“We’ve just been doing a lot of live practice, that’s all we’ve been doing is live so it’s just getting me in shape for State and it’s getting all my technique down,” said Summers on how practice has been to this point.
The journey to the District Title was that of polishing off where he was weak on as he worked his way all the way to the number two seed in the District tournament at Philomath.
“During the season I’ve been working really hard to make to where I don’t have too many weaknesses in my game so whenever I go out on the mat I ahve the best chance possible to win,” said Summers.
In the District tournament, Summers pinned Elmira’s Nick Payton in 4:48 to start the bracket. Then a second pin of Sean Heuber of Junction City in 4:21.
To top that, he had a third pin that put him in the District Final round as the senior found a groove, pinning Sutherlin’s Conner Grauf in 4:46 to set up the showdown with Wagner.
“Going through the tournament, I pinned my way until the final so it got me more and more confident as I was going along,” said Summers. “But I really felt like I had it pretty much sealed before I got out on the mat and I think that was one of the biggest signs for me.”
That confidence carried into the District Final match itself as Summers presumption of a victory became more and more prominent starting the first round as the Senior wasn’t about to give up this great opportunity in front of him.
“At the beginning of the first round I was confident that I took him down to his back and that is when I knew I had it,” said Summers “I just kept working hard throughout the match, gave up a few points but I knew that he wasn’t going to take that away from me my senior year.”
The Senior found himself with his hand raised by the match’s end, and the excitement was there of course, but Summers wants more and better things in this last hurrah of the tournament as he want’s to finish fourth.
“I think I’m a Top-Four wrestler at my weight division so I will like to be in the finals but you will never know what would never know what would happen at State so,” said Summers.
All-in-all, as Summers goes back to watching the Stayton Basketball teams play North Marion Friday night, there’s excitment about going to the State Tournament one last time.
“I’m very excited because last time I’ll ever do it,” said Summers.
Follow Jeremy McDonald on Twitter at @J_McDonald81 or like jmcdonaldmedia on Facebook!