Kinkaids Colin Lawler Area Wrestler of the Year
Kinkaid’s Colin Lawler won his third Southwest Preparatory Conference title and first heavyweight title last month.
The 6-3, 245-pound grapple had only just started.
A week later, the senior overcame his opponents at the National Prep Wrestling Championship in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, en route to the £ 285 title, making him the first national preschool master in the Houston area. After pinning all of his opponents in the national tournament, including McDonogh’s PJ Mustipher in the finals, Lawler ended the season with a perfect 36-0 record – 36 wins per pin – and the All-Greater Houston Boys Wrestler of award the Year of the Chronicle.
“He just works hard,” said coach Brian Notch. “He works hard in our room, does weightlifting outside, club wrestling outside, and he’s really good at body awareness where he is on the mat in certain situations.
“He’s very balanced so don’t panic.”
Q: You moved to Houston from Penfield, NY, outside of Rochester, in the summer of seventh grade. How was that for you?
A: “To be honest, it was tough. I had a lot of close friends in New York and it was difficult to travel all over the country and then my two dogs died too (right after moving) which made it so much more difficult. But I could make friends down here and get past them. “
Q: You started wrestling when you were 5 years old. How much did this help you with your transition to Texas?
A: “It was important to be sure. All of the friends I made were really wrestling. My best friend (Noah Chan) was one of the first kids I met while training in wrestling.”
Q: How different is it with wrestling guys here compared to New York?
A: “It’s different. In New York, wrestling is like football down here. Wrestling is king up there, so there is really tough competition and a lot of the techniques are more advanced up there. Children are more die-hard, and there are more children doing it because of it.” the cool thing is. Texas has a lot of really good athletes and a lot of really good wrestlers, but they’re harder to find. “
Q: A lawn toe injury has prevented you from competing in the SPC and competing in national championships in your sophomore year. How hard was it to miss this one?
A: “It was tough because I had to deal with it on my own. But it was another opportunity to deal with adversity, and not just in the wrestling room. Outside of the room, I had to deal with it the most. and it has helped me build my resolve to come back even better and work harder to catch up. “
Q: You finished fourth in the national tournament last year with 220. Did this return journey at 285 turn out the way you imagined it?
A: “I expected to win, but I didn’t expect to push my way through the tournament. I just kept going and was faster than everyone else because I was at least 20 to 30 pounds lighter than everyone else … and that The most important thing was to hold my position. “
Q: What does it mean to you to be national champion?
A: “It’s been my dream since I was a 5 year old. I kept seeing the names on the wall, in the high school I was training in, and I would go over and touch them and read all the names, all those Title, and that’s what I wanted to be as a small child. I’ve dedicated my life to that. “
Q: Is there anything special about being the first out of Houston?
A: “I feel like I will lead the area in wrestling. I’m helping build the sport here and that means a lot to me too.”
Q: You made the leap into the heavyweight division in preparation for wrestling at NC State. Why was it important to make this jump now?
A: “Earlier this year, I got used to wrestling like heavyweights and I made a couple of mistakes because of it, but I got my way every time and then I got used to it. It’s really important to my college career because they don’t have a 220 weight class, so if I’m going to be a heavyweight in college it’s better prepared and used to wrestling heavyweights than it would be better at 220, but I got everyone nailed heavyweight this year, so it has worked well.”