Hobbs is a believer. He’s hoping to see Loe make “a run at the top of the podium. He’s going to have to wrestle up, wrestle perfect, that kind of thing.”
Hobbs too stressed having the right attitude.
“I think he’s quite a bit better than he was a year ago, quite a bit more confident. Pressure is such a big issue when you get to that point. The guy that’s fearless is usually able to put the matches together.”
• Maconaquah junior Wilson (42-7) faces Lowell freshman Drew Hughes (36-1) at 120 pounds. Wilson is a rarity for this area in that he finished second in the regional, and had to topple a regional champion in the semistate in order to get through.
“The first 15 seconds, he took the guy down and he got into the Chase Wilson mode of determination,” Mac coach Bob Freije said of Wilson’s ticket-round match, which he won by pin in a minute flat.
At that point, Wilson had no choice. He had to win to get through.
“Once I lost in the regional I was bummed, so I had a lot of fire to go into semistate,” Wilson said. “I wanted to get to state really bad. I had the best draw I could have had. The second round [ticket round to state], I was really focused and stayed calm and wrestled like it was a normal match. The stress was off. A lot of the pressure was off.”
The pressure will be back on Friday.
“Yeah, but I don’t have that much to lose,” Wilson said. “I’m wrestling the best I can, the best of my ability. Hopefully I’ll win and make it to Saturday and place.”
Wilson is the last Brave in the wrestling room. He said he’s concentrating on not getting caught in any headlocks or throws, keeping his head down and staying in safe positions as he works for takedowns. It’s an approach he’s been good at.