Toyota Athlete of The Week: Mexico Wrestler Austin O'Reilly
Friday, December 18th, 2015 —
Mexico and the sport of wrestling go hand-in-hand.
For years, the program has maintained its dominance in New York State. This season, one wrestler is enhancing the tradition.
Austin O'Reilly is our Toyota Athlete of The Week after winning most outstanding wrestler at this past weekend's Central Valley Dual Meet Tournament, helping the Tigers finish 2nd as a team. The 113-pound senior has been tearing up the mats this season.
O'Reilly owns a 17-0 record and secured a 1st place finish at this year's Matt Marino invitational. After last year's 3rd place finish in the NYS Tournament, O'Reilly is working harder than ever to be at the top of the podium this year.
"We just come in here and work hard, I get up at six in the morning and run, after practice I get in a run and I work hard," O'Reilly said.
"You gotta go out and tell yourself you're gonna win the match no matter what," added O'Reilly.
His coach, Derrick Smith, says Austin is preparing himself well for the future.
"Last year we really didn't know what he was going to do at the state tournament. He stepped up and surprised a lot of guys and beat guys who beat him earlier in the season," Smith said.
"Coming into this year, we were hopeful that would continue and he has not let us down."