The first of our three contest winners, 10591, sent me his guest blog post, which I posted below. It should be noted that he almost didn’t win. His original picks only had 11 winners, but he went back and resubmitted a new ballot that had 12. So now 10591 has a chance to get something off his chest.
First of all, I am glad to be given the chance to write a small blog, since I picked the winners for the Section 1 championships for the Large School, and for those that are taking their time in reading this, thank you and I hope that what I write comes out correctly (I was not an English major in college), clearly and hopefully doesn’t leave any questions to be answered.
I am a Sleepy Hollow HS graduate from the mid 90’s, never wrestled, friends of mine in HS were not on the team, and really don’t follow it as much as some of your great bloggers do, but I do have one small problem that I read and hear about all the time and that is the talk of Sleepy Hollow wrestlers, the way they behave, that they are an embarassment to the school, their coach, blah blah blah.
Sleepy Hollow’s coach Brian Tompkins is one of the most respected men in Section 1 wrestling, there is no doubt about that. He has led the Horsemen for many many many years, which have gotten them an All-American, many state champions, many many many multi-year sectional champions and most important, he does an AMAZING job in the classroom with the kids that he teaches. Just because his kids show emotions before, during or after matches, is that a bad thing nowadays??? His kids train all year for that one special moment, which is, to get a chance to wrestle on the mat of the high school that they are representing. Some of these kids have been around wrestling since they could walk, this is all they have dreamed about, this is all they think about. Many high school kids show frustration in all sports—I’m sure there are Mount Vernon kids in bball that have done so, same thing with Rye for football or Yorktown/John Jay for lacrosse, and there is nothing wrong with showing emotion, because when it’s all said and done, it is emotion that these kids let out, after a great win, or even after a disappointing loss.
All that I want to say is that unless a Sleepy Hollow kid does something towards another school to provoke something in any way, please stop talking bad about them, it isn’t fair to them, to their teammates, to the coaching staff, and most important, to the school and the community.
I know that many, if not, all coaches of all Section 1 wrestling teams, including the officials, have nothing but great things to say about SH wrestlers, and to me as a SH graduate, that will ALWAYS be more important than what some bloggers say on this site or other wrestling sites, and being that we have a great teacher, educator and coach, Brian Tompkins leading the way for the Sleepy Hollow Headless Horsemen, I couldn’t be happier than that. The community of Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown feels the same, and I’m sure that many in Section 1 wrestling do as well.
Good luck to all Section 1 participants (Large and Small School) at the NY State Championships. Do your best, represent your family and school, try to bring home a title, and do know, it is ok to show emotions during your wins and/or losses in the mat and in life.