OTHS Wrestling team recognizes players at Senior Night

Pictured from left with their parents: Austin Kostedt, Terry Thompson, Sam McCoy, Damian Ross, Nathan Vasquez, and Alex Fulton (Submitted Photo)

The OTHS Wrestling Team celebrated Senior Night on Thursday, January 24. Six seniors were recognized and honored prior to the evenings matches.

Nathan Vasquez, son of Jose and Sandra Vasquez, has wrestled for two years in the Panther Wrestling program. He has learned discipline and determination through learning about nutrition and weight management. Because he never gave up, he was able to make the Varsity team. 

The tournament in Geneseo, taught Nathan about the lasting friendships and memories that can be created in wrestling.

Nathan plans to attend Arizona State University to study Kinesiology.

Alex Fulton, son of Michele and Owen Seibel and Kent Fulton, wrestled for nine years in the Panther Wrestling Program. He has learned that there are many people who enter the program that make a difference and have the opportunity to create change within the program. The People of the OTHS wrestling program are some of the hardest working and most dedicated people he has encountered in his high school. 

The tournament in Geneseo has left a lasting memory of a great time hanging out with teammates all night.

Alex plans to go to college and major in Marine Biology and Psychology. 

Austin Kostedt, son of Jennifer and Rick Preston, has wrestled for the Panther Wrestling Program for three years. Austin has learned that hard work pays off through dedicated practice, teamwork and time on the mat. 

Austin has lasting memories from the Geneseo tournament even though he did not place. He had a great time growing friendships with his teammates that he considers part of his family.

Austin has been accepted to SIUE and plans to major in Chemistry/Pre-Medicine and later would like to become an Anesthesiologist. 

Terry Thompson has enjoyed his time on the Panthers Wrestling team. He has learned that in order to be tough; you never quit, and fight hard to get through tough times. Terry recognizes his coaches and Byron for getting him through the painful days and has learned about the power of a handshake. 

Terry has lasting memories of taking first in the Mascoutah tournament and is thankful and has a lot of love for all of the people and support he received in his experience. 

Terry has been accepted to Triton / Harper College and has been offered positions on the wrestling team. He plans to major in Nursing.

Samuel McCoy, son of Kate and John, wrestled all four years on the Panther Wrestling team.

Sam has enjoyed his favorite past time of hit-it’s and has learned valuable lessons through hard work, discipline and being attentive. He has lasting memories with his teammates and is particularly fond of a memory at the Stake and Shake before the freshman tournament last year. 

Sam is a recipient of a Congressional Nomination for the United Military Academy at West Point. He plans to major in Construction Management while pursuing a career in the US Army. 

Damien Ross Jr, son of Damien Ross Sr., wrestled for the Panther Wrestling Team for two years. Damien has learned that no matter the difference in ages of your teammates-your team can make it a long way as long as you train together. You can’t train alone-your only as strong as your weakest link.

Regionals last year left a lasting memory when Damien dislocated his shoulder before his tournament had ended. He also had lasting memories of the Geneseo tournament that provided an extended opportunity to form strong relationships with his teammates and how to be thrifty. 

Damien plans to attend college and continue to play sports. He is going to obtain a degree in the medical field and become a Pediatrician.