WARRENSBURG - Two Burgher wrestlers in the upper weight classes are garnering considerable attention as they and their teammates advance through their season of competition.
Warrensburg High School senior Logan Rock at 175 pounds has won every match so far this year, and Colin Campbell at 234 has enjoyed a successful season while providing the crowd with suspenseful action against his hulking heavyweight opponents.
Living up to his name, Rock has combined strength and wrestling skill to rack up a 15-0 record, Coach Mark Trapasso said this week.
Rock fought his way into the state tournaments the past two years. Last year, he placed fourth.
This year, Rock is seeking to take home a state championship, he said Monday.
Rock is following in the footsteps of his mentor WCS 2008 graduate Ryan Black who made school history in his campaign last year toward a state championship title. Black was named state runner-up after a record-shattering season and unparalleled high school wrestling career.
Rock said Monday he's set his sights on a similar course.
"Working out with Ryan my whole career had its benefits," he said. "When you work out with someone so good, you naturally improve your skills."
Warrensburg Coach Mark Trapasso said Monday that Rock has worked hard learning moves and holds since he started wrestling in fifth grade. Regardless, Rock's tutelage isn't over, Trapasso said.
"Logan can still learn a lot as he trains harder and harder, and hopefully he will go far in sectionals and the state tournament," he said. "Logan's big, strong and athletic."
Campbell, who weighs a mere 234 pounds yet competes against bulky opponents in the 285-pound super-heavyweight class, has racked up an impressive series of wins despite the weight disadvantage.
Campbell's 2008-09 season record now stands at 11-5, although he's competed for only two years in the sport. His father John Campbell wrestled for Warrensburg in the 1960s.
The unassuming Campbell has taken on mammoth opponents this year, yet managed to win by outmaneuvering and out-muscling them.
Campbell uses his agility to avoid getting into situations where an opponent can simply use his weight to win, Coach Trapasso said.
"Colin is deceptively strong, and wrestlers are surprised when they first grab a hold of him," he said.
Campbell also puts his considerable leverage to work - Campbell is and 6'4" and has long limbs.
In his matches, Campbell routinely slings his beefy opponents down to the mat, regardless of their heft.
This past week, he pinned two opponents - one from AuSable Valley and the other from West Lake - in 17 seconds or less.
Campbell said Monday he doesn't let his opponents' size bother him when he meets up with them on the mat.
"I just figure I'm taller and stronger," he said.
Teammate Logan Rock looked at Campbell and agreed.
"Colin is in a lot better shape than most all his opponents," Rock said. "He also knows how to take advantage of them if they're lacking balance."