SCIO, Ore.–A overhanging light turned on as the lights in the Scio Logger basketball gym shut off, creating a unique lighting effect in the gym for the three-way wrestling dual for Senior Night.
For the six seniors of the Logger program, when they ran out with the music blaring and the fans screaming, it was one last cool experience to share with their teammates.
“It’s pretty exciting, we’re pretty close as a team and even though I don’t get to wrestle tonight, I’m going to be here to support the guys and hopefully we do really well,” said Jacob Lowther, who sat out of wrestling on senior night due to illness.
“It’s kind of emotional having to let wrestling go…but I’m ready to go out with a boom,” adds Brandon ‘Richard’ Zieher.
During this season, Zieher got to share his senior season with his younger brother Hunter as well with older brother Austin who’s an assistant coach on the team after hanging up the wrestling shoes in 2016 when he graduated.
“It’s super cool, for me it’s more for him to win it than for me to succeed,” starts Austin Zieher on his brothers. “I mean I want to see both guys succeed more than I want to, so it’s super cool to have them on the team and seeing them doing as well as they are.”
They started the three-way dual with South Albany JV and Santiam with the Rebels JV squad as they went through the seniors wrestling before South Albany and Santiam had their own dual in between.
Through the announcements, the handshakes and the crowd cheering as they picked up wins on the mat with that overhead light illuminating the mat below, it was an emotional night for the seniors as they put on a show one last time for their home crowd at Scio High School.
“Oh that’s a great feeling, I like hear the crowd cheering and everyone cheering for who we have out there wrestling,” said Dru Cook. “It’s a really great feeling because everyone a boost of energy and excitement when they’re out there wrestling.
“I really like my team, they push me every single day. Every, single one of them I wrestle, even if I’m bigger than them they still push me. They do different things, wrestling smaller guys they do different things you’ve never seen before and wrestling those bigger guys, it’s a little bit heavier than you but you use strength you’ve never used before. So I really like my team, I’m glad I’m here for them.”
And that’s the most important part of what these seniors are trying to do. Be here for their team and leave a nugget or two of knowledge that they’ve gained through the years with them.
“Just not give up, trying your best, you’ll eventually get there,” said Brandon Zieher.
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