Wrestler Joe Thibault '13 takes 4th at Bay State Games
Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Joe Thibault '13 missed more than two months of athletics, including the end of his wrestling season, due to sickness and injury.
After his wrestling performance at the Bay State Games, though, Joe feels he's back and ready for a great season at WMA.
Joe placed fourth among 25 competitors in the high school division in the 132-pound weight class at the Bay State Games, which was held at the University of Massachusetts-Boston July 6-7.
“My goal was to place at the Bay State Games after my surgery – like a mark to show how my recovery is doing,” Joe said. “I love the competition. I love the tournament and it's a fun thing to do in the summer to stay sharp with my wrestling.”
An injured right foot and mononucleosis forced Joe to miss the National Prep Wrestling Championships in February, as well as the spring athletic season. He had surgery March 6 and didn't return to the mat until May.
At the Bay State Games, he lost a close opening match but rebounded with convincing wins in his next four matches to reach the bronze medal match. Even though he lost that match, he learned he was fit and ready for his senior season of wrestling for the Titans.
“I think I wrestled to pretty-much my best potential possible due to the setback, but it's a step forward, by far,” Joe said.
Joe has qualified for the New England Prep Championships in each of this three seasons and the national meet twice. He's set some lofty goals for his final year at WMA, which will be under the tutelage of first-year coach Tim Poole.
“My goal for the upcoming year is to go undefeated all the way to nationals at weight class 126, and I'm looking forward to working with our new coach,” he said.
Joe hopes to run cross country and wrestle in college.