One hundred – and counting

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They both admit it’s not their preferred sport, but say it is the one they’ve worked at the most.

And it shows.

St. Maries wrestler Josh Richmond, a senior, earned his 100th win during a home match Dec. 9. And Isaac Walters, also a senior, is set to do the same later this season.

Josh Richmond, left, earned his 100th win of his varsity wrestling career. Fellow Lumberjack Isaac Walters is on track to acheive the feat later this season.

Josh Richmond, left, earned his 100th win of his varsity wrestling career. Fellow Lumberjack Isaac Walters is on track to acheive the feat later this season.

“I don’t know that it was ever a goal,” Josh said of the milestone. “It was a good feeling though. It showed me that all the hard work I’ve put into the sport paid off and I have something to show for it.”

Isaac has yet to reach the milestone, but is on track to do so.

“I need about 21 more wins,” he said. “I should have 35 to 40 more matches this season.”

He added while it has not been a major goal, it has been on his mind. Isaac said he grew up looking at a plaque that listed the names of varsity wrestlers who had reached 100 wins during their career.

“So I’ve been thinking about it and making sure I was on track for it,” Isaac said.

Coach Mike Walters says both Isaac and Josh have the work ethic and determination to meet their goals as do other wrestlers on the team.

“They have set their goals high,” Coach Walters said.

He said it is quite an accomplishment for Josh to earn 100 wins during his varsity career as it is something few wrestlers accomplish. Coach Walters said he is also looking forward to his son achieving the same milestone.

“It doesn’t happen often,” Coach Walters said. “The last time it happened was a couple of years ago when Joe Bloomsburg got it. We’re lucky to have the two boys on track for it this year.”

Both boys started wrestling when they were young. Josh started when he was in first grade and Isaac when he was four years old.

“I remember not having any clue what was going on,” Josh said of when he first got started in the sport. “But I just went out there and tried to do what the coaches were telling me. It was always fun.”

“I remember I didn’t win a single match all season my first year,” Isaac said. “But I loved it. I would always have a big smile on my face even when I was losing.”

Both boys wrestled in middle school and all four years in high school. They have had several accomplishments.

Both have qualified for the state wrestling tournament. Isaac has qualified twice during his high school career, placing sixth last year. He was also named most outstanding wrestler at the George Wilde Memorial Tournament last year.

Josh has qualified three times for state, placing fifth and third. He added he’s proud of the fact he has not lost a match at a home dual or tri-match. Both he and Isaac say the state tournament is one of the hardest tests of the season.

“It’s not a tournament you can just walk through,” Josh said.

“You can’t let the pressure get to you while you’re competing,” Isaac said.

The two boys are serving their second year as captains of the Lumberjack squad and say it is something they enjoy.

“I like being able to have the young kids look up to me and to be a good role model for them,” Isaac said.

“One thing I like about it is pretty much knowing that our teammates can come to us with problems and we have the power to help them,” Josh said.

The two seniors say being involved in other sports have contributed to their success in wrestling as well as wrestling during the spring. Isaac has played baseball, his favorite sport, and football during his high school career and Josh has played football, his favorite, for four years.

Both are determined to qualify for this year’s state wrestling tournament and to perform well. They are hoping to qualify individually and would like to bring home a state championship title as a team.

Josh is the son of Wendy Richmond. Isaac is the son of Coach Walters and his wife, Shawn.

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