Genoa senior Seth Morrison had a decision to make way back in the seventh grade.
Did he want to continue playing hockey, a sport he took up around age 5 and still enjoyed, or should he switch to wrestling heading into junior high?
“I knew if I was going to play hockey I wouldn’t be able to go to Genoa and play sports with my friends and everybody,” Morrison said. “All my other friends wrestled. One of my friends was like, ‘Hey, you have to come out for wrestling.’ ”
|Genoa wrestler Seth Morrison tries to escape from an opponent.
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And so he did.
“I didn’t do too well my seventh or eighth grade year, but everyone pushed me,” said Morrison, who played forward for the Toledo IceDiggers. “I’m glad I made that decision. I miss hockey a little bit, but I do love to wrestle. I was a pretty good hockey player. That’s a team sport, and the team I was on was really good. We traveled all over the place.”
Morrison ran his season record to 47-4 after going 10-0 at the St. Mary’s Duals last Friday and Saturday. He went 8-1 at the Napoleon Duals two weeks ago, and in the process he earned his 100th career win, against an opponent from Bryan.
“Seth has had a breakout year,” Genoa coach Bob Bergman said. “He’s just putting it all together. He’s the hardest driller in our (practice) room. He makes every day a good day, and it’s showing on the mat. It’s cool to see him succeed, because Seth is a great kid. He’s real likeable and real coachable. The total package.”
The 5-foot-9 Morrison, who competes at 126 pounds, admitted getting win No. 100 was a big deal. He now has 112 for his career.
“I started wrestling varsity my freshman year, and that was one of my goals,” he said. “Only (a handful) of kids had ever done that at Genoa.”
The Comets only had nine wrestlers earn 100 wins in school history prior to this season, but Morrison and three teammates have reached that milestone this season alone. Max Reeder, a junior who has wrestled at 138 and 132 pounds this season, and seniors Drew Keenan (145) and Jake Fejes (152) have all reached the 100-win mark.
Keenan has 136 career victories, while Fejes has 115 and Reeder has 108.
“Drew got his about three weeks before the rest of us,” Morrison said. “Jake and I were only two or three wins apart coming into the season. Once the season got going and we were doing pretty well, we were both at 15 wins and we’re saying, ‘man, we’re going to get 100 wins pretty quick.’ ”
Reeder, a state qualifier as a freshman, is Morrison’s workout partner.
“Max beats me up pretty good at practice,” Morrison said. “That’s the reason I go out there and try to beat the crap out of my (opponents). He’s a lot quicker than me, and stronger. He’s strong.”
Morrison is a two-time district qualifier who competed at 103 pounds as a freshman and sophomore and at 120 last season. His decision to compete at 126 pounds this year has proven to be a winner.
“I thought I would drop down to 120 this year for sectionals,” Morrison said. “Now, I’m just going to stay at 126. I just think it’s a good, healthy weight for me to wrestle at. Cutting weight doesn’t always make you wrestle your best.”
Morrison, who plans to study construction engineering at the University of Toledo next year, has his sights set on wrestling at the state tournament at the end of the season.
“I’d say I’ve been having a pretty good season,” he said. “All of the kids I’ve lost to, one kid took fourth at state last year in Division II. The three other losses, I probably shouldn’t have had. All in all I’m doing pretty well and, hopefully, I can reach my goals. I’m hoping to be on that podium this year at state. Placing at state would be the goal.”