Wrestling: Peguero Falls Just Short Of Back-To-Back State Titles
February 15, 2014
From eight thousand to forty-two. That’s how many wrestlers in the state of Florida started the season just a few months ago, compared to those remaining when Saturday’s state final matches began. Robinson head coach Tommy Montero was proud to claim one of those wrestlers as his own.
“He has raised the bar for Robinson wrestling,” said Montero. “And his best has yet to come.”
Senior Luis Peguero reached the state final on Saturday night, after winning his semi-final match earlier in the day. The long layoff was sure to test the senior’s mental toughness, which is something he clearly posesses.
Prior to the start of the night’s finals matches, Peguero was presented with the 2014 Russ Mauger Mental Toughness Award, making him the first wrestler in school history to win it.
However, Peguero’s quest for back-to-back state titles was cut just short on Saturday night as he fell to Harmony’s Sawyer Root in overtime by takedown. Peguero had defeated Root in their previous two meetings earlier this season.
Despite the loss, Peguero certainly made his mark for Robinson wrestling.
Montero had nothing but praise for him.
“His record or medals don’t define him,” Montero said. “The way he lives his life with character, loyalty, integrity, and dedication to his family, teammates, and school is what all Knights should aspire to live like.”