With an influx of new blood, the OTHS wrestling team appears headed in the right direction.
During the 2013-14 campaign, the Panthers surprised many by finishing with a 14-5 dual meet record and advancing four individual wrestlers into IHSA section competition.
One of the young guns responsible for the good vibes coming from the OTHS camp is 170 lb. freshman Kobey Bosworththis weeks top athlete. Bosworth, despite facing veteran high school opponents for the first time, started the season successfully and is finishing even more impressively.
In regional tournament action, the Panther grappler, the son of Mike and Holly Bosworth, demonstrated the characteristics essential for any successful athletedetermination, perseverance and skill under pressure.
In earning his third place finish in his weight division, Bosworh battled his way to two come-from-behind victories over senior opponentsno small task according to OTHS coach Glenn Exton.
"Kobeys last two matches in the regional were outstanding," said Exton, who has witnessed his share of exciting performances on the mat over his long and successful coaching career. "Faced with the pressure of elimination in back-to-back matches against veteran senior wrestlers would be a daunting task for most freshmen, but Kobey showed a lot of heart and determination to pull out the consecutive victories and advance to the sectional."
A final match pitted Bosworth against Altons Quentin Lawrence. Trailing early, the OTHS freshman rallied to send the contest into overtime and emerged victorious 12-10 to join three other OTHS wrestlers as sectional qualifiers.
"I participate in wrestling because I enjoy being active, Bosworth said. Its important to take (things on) with full force. and always look for a way to be successful."