LOWELL, Mich. — Lowell became the first wrestling program in the state of Michigan to win six consecutive team state championships when it beat Richmond to win the division two crown back in February.
As the Red Arrows get set to start the 2019-2020 campaign, they say they feel no pressure to win a seventh in a row.
"Our guys have a lot of fun together, they are excited, they are itching to get in the wrestling room," sixth year head coach R.J Boudro said. "I'm not kidding you after last year's state finals I had to put a lock on the wrestling room to keep the kids out because they wanted to be in here the next day. Our kids like wrestling a lot, they play other sports too, good students, good kids so when you have all those things going for your program it is less about winning the state championship or losing the state championship and more just about having fun and being good kids."
When you have won as much as Lowell has, complacency could set it, but the teams remains hungry.
"It is a fresh team every year," three-time indivisual state champion Austn Boone said. "Everyone wants a team state title, everyone wants an individual title, we don't really think about what a previous team has done."
"Just keeping our legacy and keeping this hard work going and showing our love to the community and how proud we are for it," senior James Fotis added. "We are excited, we love to work together and we love to just compete and get down to the dirty work and we love it."
The Red Arrows first match is next Wednesday at division one state power Detroit Catholic Central.