Cavallaro Makes History as First Female Regional Finalist

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Written by Matt Gusmerotti, Ryan Keebaugh, Sammy Pierce

After a fantastic performance by the Woodgrove Wrestling Wolverines at Regionals on February 11, five Wolverines qualified for the state tournament. Junior Derrick Shockey, the Regional Champion, became the second Wolverine to ever do so. Runner up, Senior Catie Cavallaro became the first female to reach regional finalist, and qualifier for a state tournament in state history, at the 3A level or higher.

Like all great athletes, Cavallaro had some obstacles in her way before she could meet her goals.

“My Dad was pretty indifferent about the subject of me wrestling; however, my Mom was completely against me being a part of the team.”  Even with her mom being against it; Cavallaro contacted Coach Fortney, borrowed a pair of her brother’s shoes, and showed up to practice her Freshman year.

“Catie this season, really has just been outstanding. Not only for our team, but even on a historical level” said Coach Fortney.

Despite Cavallaro being the first female in the state to reach that level in wrestling, she doesn’t really consider herself special.

“I didn’t really consider myself any different from any of the other wrestlers because I was a female, I just considered myself another wrestler.”

Senior Zach Stanley also put on a good performance falling in third place; while Senior Joe Candelaria and Junior Jarett Tardiff who also finished in fourth. Tardiff, who achieved his 100th career win, joins Yadel Schabel as the only Wolverine to do so. Overall, the Regional Champion Shockey, was very impressed with the team’s performance over the seasons duration.

“Everyone did very well this season, put in a lot of work, and achieved what they deserved. Hopefully we can all come back next year and do even better.”

On his own Regional performance, Shockey was proud of himself, but hopes to improve and come back even better next year.

“It was all very exciting, but I will always have more to improve on what I feel is weak, and I will continue to improve myself over the offseason.”

 Stanley, and Shockey both took fourth place in their weight class, while Tardiff took sixth place. Cavallaro and Candelaria competed at the State Tournament, but fell short of All State status.