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Williamson's Logan Everett learned a valuable lesson at PIAAs

March 6, 2012 - Mitch Rupert
By MITCH RUPERT mrupert@sungazette.com

No need to remind Logan Everett of his PIAA quarterfinal match from a year ago. He’s well aware that the wrestler he lost to by one point went on to finish second in the 103-pound bracket.

It was a valuable lesson for the now junior from Williamson. Although, it was a costly one. Everett followed that quarterfinals loss with a second-round consolation loss to Saucon Valley’s Bryan Israel, eliminating him from his first state tournament without a medal. Boiling Springs’ Joey Byers went on to win his semifinal by a point before losing in the state final by two points to Kittanning’s Jason Nolf, who is now ranked third in the country.

“I learned you have to be ready, and every kid is good,” Everett said after finishing second at the PIAA Class AA Northeast Regional at 120 pounds on Saturday. “Just because you don’t know their name doesn’t mean they’re not just as good or better than you are. There’s nobody down there that’s not any good, so every match you’re going to have to work hard.”

The loss to Byers really was a well-wrestled match for Everett. He recorded the first takedown against the then junior, something not a lot of people did. Everett then rode Byers out the entire second period and was leading, 2-0, with 2 minutes to go.

But then Everett’s biggest trouble at states kicked in. Not only was he tilted early for three back points, but he couldn’t get out from the bottom to tie the score. It’s six minutes of wrestling Everett hasn’t been able to get out of his mind. It’s what’s driven him to take advantage of his opportunities this year.

“You think about that every day of your life, what you could have done for that one point difference that could have put you in the state finals or given you a shot at the state title,” Everett said. “You think about it every day and it helps you better yourself because you can’t forget it. All you can do is work to better yourself and get back to that spot again.”

Everett spent the better part of his offseason working on getting out from the bottom position. He’s pleased with how he’s improved so far, but he knows he’s not quite to the level he needs to be.

That thought was proven true just a couple weeks ago when he went through six minutes of regulation tied at 0-0 with Mifflinburg freshman Cole Walter in the District 4 120-pound final. After a pair of tremendous scrambles in the second period in which he was able to hold Walter down, Everett needed just one escape to get the win but couldn’t come up with it. Walter ended up scoring a takedown in sudden victory for the 2-0 win.

“I really had to focus on getting out of bottom. That’s how I ended up losing at the state tournament,” Everett said. “I’ve done better, but not as good as I’d like to. But you have to get out of the best kids in the state. That’s where it really gets tough and you still have to be able to get out.”

Everett was a darkhorse contender for a medal a year ago, but he enters the state tournament Thursday as the fifth-ranked 120-pounder in he state. And of the four wrestlers ranked ahead of him, the only one on his side of the bracket is Bethlehem Catholic’s Zeke Moisey, a returning state fifth-place finisher. But his side of the bracket also features returning state qualifier Jarray Norris of Sharon who is 39-0. And his preliminary round match is against returning state qualifier Nate Reckner of South Side Beaver who is 38-5.

“They put you in that bracket and it’s every man for himself now,” Everett said. “Everybody is worn out right now. You can’t talk to a kid who’s not sore somewhere. This last two or three weeks is really hard on your body. It’s a relief to finally get here.”

 
 

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