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Lewis and Clark wrestler Quinnton Flores hopes his success on the mat results in inspiration

When Quinnton Flores moved to Spokane forward of his sophomore 12 months, he wasn’t positive if his budding curiosity in wrestling would make the transfer with him from his residence in Colorado to the mats at Lewis and Clark.

“After I got here up right here, I did not suppose I used to be going to wrestle that first day. Then I satisfied myself to provide it a strive,” Flores stated. “After which I just about had my finest season but.”

That call to affix the Tigers’ program led to a district title for the 285-pounder, adopted by a third-place end at regionals to develop into LC’s lone state participant final season.

With one 12 months of expertise beneath his belt in orange and black, Flores is placing the remainder of the Better Spokane League on discover. He’s unbeaten by means of his first 5 league matches of the season with three pins, a technical fall and a forfeit.

“He brings in that successful perspective that we’ve not had for various years now,” Lewis and Clark coach Aaron Petak stated. “With Quinnton being a state participant as a sophomore, it brings everybody else within the room up a degree. And he could not have the competitors he wants in our room, so we as coaches typically have to wrestle with him and that even raises our requirements.”

Though Flores’ first journey to the state’s Mat Traditional final February was on the shorter aspect – he misplaced his first two matches and was eradicated – he realized tips on how to deal with the brilliant lights and strain that comes with competing on the state’s highest degree.

“It is clearly an enormous enviornment with a ton of mats and followers, so now being there as soon as I’ve realized that I simply have to go in because the aggressor and that I have to win,” Flores stated.

Petak additionally famous the significance of getting skilled an occasion the magnitude of Mat Traditional.

“That surroundings is so intimidating, there are six tournaments happening, so he at the very least bought that style as a sophomore,” the Tigers’ sixth-year coach stated. “Numerous youngsters go there and are simply joyful to be there, so now his objective is to be a spot, which if he can meet that he can go even additional as a senior subsequent 12 months.”

That previous success and hope for extra sooner or later is what fuels Flores’ fireplace to higher himself and assist higher his teammates.

“It is so essential for me to be doing this at LC,” Flores stated. “Day-after-day I are available in right here and if I see somebody disrespecting the mats or the room I get fairly upset. That is the place we spend hours a day simply to make ourselves higher.

“I might like to construct this program to the standing of groups like Mead and Mt. Spokane.”

That tradition change takes time, however Petak thinks the Tigers are on the fitting trajectory. He factors to an skilled freshman class, together with fielding a full ladies workforce for the primary time in class historical past as markers of a shift.

“Together with (Quinnton) we additionally had an alternate (Bennett Hendrickson) go to state final 12 months and he is again now as a senior captain, so that they get to return in and share their experiences with the room which brings pleasure,” Petak stated. “Simply getting these alternatives to ship youngsters to state and convey again that have makes the opposite youngsters need to be that subsequent state participant.”

Flores is aware of that nothing is promised, and an premature slip may imply his season is lower quick. With districts and regionals on the horizon within the coming weeks, he stated his psychological preparation for him is simply as essential because the bodily aspect.

“I used to be actually an unathletic child again within the day, and so I simply need to be certain that I am massive, sturdy and might show to myself that I’m adequate to go to state and do nicely,” Flores stated. “It feels nice that I get to work in direction of one thing too, as a result of I do not get a whole lot of time on the soccer subject, so wrestling is my factor and I simply need to hammer at it and depart a legacy.”

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