Western Boone junior Jonathan Morales didn't want his season to end Friday night in the opening round of the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament.
Thanks to a dominating performance, it won't. Morales (38-8) controlled his match against Columbia City's Tristin Anglin from start to finish, beating the senior 19-8 to advance to Saturday's medal rounds.
"It feels great to win," Morales said. "I knew if I lost the match, my season would be over. I want to keep the season going as long as I can. I think I wrestled well today, I stayed aggressive and battled my way through the who match."
Morales took control early, getting three takedowns in the first period.
He started the second period on bottom, got a reversal, then nearly pinned Anglin. He didn't let his foot off the gas in the third, adding three more takedowns and another nearfall.
"It is definitely a good confidence builder heading into tomorrow," Morales said. "I realized that like coach told me, if I wrestle my style every time I can be a great wrestler. I think if I do that tomorrow I will have a good day."
It was Morales first time in the state finals, but he said he wasn't nervous wrestling in a big venue like Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
He added that he was happy he was able to represent Western Boone in the "Parade of Champions" that opens off the state meet and recognizes all the schools that have participants in the meet.
For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.