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March 4, 2013

Madison wrestling loses regional matchup, but not before winning district title

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Madison wrestling loses regional matchup, but not before winning district title
Madison wrestling coach Tim Taylor watches his wrestlers during a practice earlier this season. Taylor took a small, but dedicated, group to a district championship this season.

After Tim Taylor took over as the wrestling coach at Madison High School, he anticipated it could take three years before the program would be able to lay claim to a district title.

But when the Eagles defeated Madison Heights Bishop Foley in a district final matchup, prior to being defeated by Lutheran Westland 64-12 in regional competition, Madison accomplished the coach’s goal two years ahead of schedule.

Madison achieved its feat, despite having just seven active wrestlers by the time the season wrapped up.

“The ones that stayed worked real hard,” Taylor said. “Building character in the kids is what it’s all about. I’m proud of them for working as hard as they did, and that they get a chance to put their name on a trophy.”

Taylor said he thinks winning a district title can help give his wrestlers that boost of confidence as they move forward.

“Once they start winning, all the hard times, you have forget about all that,” he said. “You want to win your next match, and then your next match. (Before) you know it, you’re winning more than your losing, and then you’re starting to build up confidence in yourself. It’s a disciplined sport. You can’t expect to be good at it if you don’t put the time in.

“I try to tell them that, and I think I’m getting to them because all seven of them were there every day — worked hard. There are no shortcuts.”

And while the season may have gone even better than Taylor anticipated, he said he also realizes there is work to be done in order for Madison to become a consistent top-notch program. He has already started to think ahead, in regard to what the future could look like for Madison’s wrestling program.

“In the next couple years … I think it’s going be real good,” Taylor said. “I think this next year, I’ll have a lot more of a squad. I think my boys only had about 15 matches through the whole season. We’re going to try to work on some kind of a summer program and get them up to snuff. Next year, we should have a pretty good year.”

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.