Valley News Dispatch Spotlight Athletes: Burrell's Steve Edwards, St. Joseph's Sabrina Bowman
Sport: Wrestling School: Burrell
Report card: Edwards (40-7) finished third in the 138-pound weight class at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional at Johnstown with a 4-2 overtime win against Berlin Brothersvalley's Braden Fochtman in the consolation finals. Edwards also won the Section 3-AA title and took third at the WPIAL championships.
What do you need to do to win a medal at states?
I need to wrestle my style, which is to enforce the action and push the pace. I'm just trying to focus on that. If I don't worry about what the other guy does, I will win my matches and get on the podium.
Who do you think will be a tough test in your bracket?
If I'm able to win my first match ... I will face most likely Benton's Zain Retherford, which would definitely be a test for me.
What was the turning point of your season?
At the beginning of the season, I felt strange wrestling. I wasn't winning by a large amount of points. My confidence was low, and I was sad. My coach after Powerade (Tournament) took me aside and told me, ‘I could tell you that you are the best in the state but you need to believe in yourself that you are.' After that, it motivated me to working harder and to focus more.
Who is your role model?
Brent Metcalf, a wrestler at Iowa. He is always determined to win by large margins and never is satisfied or complacent unless he dominates a match. That's the style I picked up. I love his work ethic and how he carries himself in wrestling and life.
— Andrew John
School: St. Joseph
Report card: Bowman took second in the 100-yard butterfly and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke at the WPIAL Class AA championships. She was one of two St. Joseph independent swimmers, along with Holly Stein, to compete. She also qualified for the PIAA championships at Bucknell next week.
What was it like being at WPIALs as a freshman?
I was kind of nervous. It was a really good accomplishment, though.
Were you nervous standing on the block before your first race?
Yeah, I definitely was really nervous. I knew I could do it though. I just had a concussion a couple weeks before WPIALs and I wasn't in the pool before that. I felt good in warm-ups. It gave me confidence to know I could do well.
How are you looking to improve next year?
Well, I would like to get first in the butterfly; I got second. I also want to get a higher rank for the 100 backstroke.
Who helped you the most during the year?
I'd say my coaches and my parents. They talked me through when I was nervous. My mom is my coach so she helped me calm down and told me what to do.
Do you plan on playing another sport at St. Joseph?
No, I mainly swim because it takes up the majority of my time.