RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) Heading into last weekends Bismark Rotary Rapid City Stevens Cooper Voorhees was undefeated until he dropped a match to a grappler from Montana.
Cooper Voorhees says, "I shouldn't have lost, I went in there with the wrong mindset. I'm just glad to get that loss out of the way. I won't bring that same mindset to the state tournament."
The success during the season for the junior has come from the offseason work he has put in
Travis King says, ' he had a great offseason. He trained through the summer and competed and its paid off from the start.'
What brings kids like Vorhees out to the mat?
says Travis King "One thing about wrestling that's so unique and maybe its why some of us are so passionate about it is because there is no timeout, there is no sub, you don't get a stop, you can't fix your plan in the middle.'
Now an upperclassman the 152-pound wrestler has taken the reigns of the program.
King says, ' Cooper is a fabulous leader because he is one of those guys that does everything by example, he's not a real voiceful kid, no one is afraid of him.'
Voorhees says, ' I feel like a natural leader, I know they all look up to me and I always have to do the right thing.'
With the state tournament a little over a month away Vorhees knows the atmosphere and is wanting more from previous years.
Vorhees says, ' A lot of energy and excitement and a lot of pressure too. I haven't done as well as I'd like the past three years I've placed.'
King says, ' I know his goal and our goal as coaches is to make sure he has the opportunity to get to that state championship. I think it is very conceivable for him.'
Being a potential champion puts a target on your back. But Vorhees isn't worried about any additional pressure.
Vorhees says, ' It's not a big deal honestly. I'm just going to go out there and do my thing and kick some butt.'
Congratulations to Cooper Vorhees on being this week's athlete of the week. Jeff Voss Black Hills Fox Sports