As of this morning, the wrestling postseason is upon us. Better known as the championship season, the grapplers in the state are all vying for a spot on the All-State team at this time.
One of those is Redskins 160 pounder Trevor Allbert. He will be taking his 25-7 record to the LaSalle-Peru Sectional to get the postseason rolling. Before heading to L-P on Saturday with the team, Allbert agreed to talk to the MDH in a Q&A session.
Q. Let’s start individually? How long have you been involved with competitive athletics and which ones?
A. I have been playing sports ever since I was 5. I have been playing football ever since I was 5 until now. I have played baseball when I was 5 until eighth grade. And I started wrestling in seventh grade and have kept going since.
Q. What has been the pinnacle of success for any of the teams you have been on since the earliest of ages?
A. The pinnacle individually has been when I had caught seven passes for 130 yards at Minooka in the first game this year. My pinnacle of success as a team is when I played baseball when I was 11 and we won the championship.
Q. Can you share that experience?
A. During the Minooka game, it felt great to get that many yards, but I was still angry that we lost the game. For baseball, it felt great because we worked so hard as a team. Even though we did not have the best players, we all shared the same goal and that was to win the championship.
Q. To this year. You were having a very good season as a receiver. Tell us how you were injured and what was it like to miss the rest of the season?
A. I was injured when I caught a pass during the Geneseo game. I juked a guy out, and then somebody came in and hit me with the crown of there helmet. It was the worst feeling ever, I felt like I wasn’t contributing to the team at all, but I still tried to help the receivers to help them see what’s I see out on the field so they could try and get open.
Q. How much did your injury slow you down at the start of wrestling?
A. My injury slowed me down a little at the beginning of the year because I missed a week or so of practice, but after that it really didn’t affect me. I was able to get my hand back to full strength.
Q. I think you have now won 20 matches in each of the last three seasons. What is the key of continued success at the high school level?
A. To me the key to continued success is always work hard when your at practice because if you slack off during practice, it will come back to bite you in the end, as well as doing work outside of practice because you will never become great just doing work during the season.
Q. Onto the postseason. What are the team’s expectations with the regionals now upon us?
A. The team’s expectations are to send as many guys as possible to sectionals.
Q. How about yourself?
A. For me, my goal is to make it to state and hopefully be standing on the podium when it’s all said and done.
Q. If you had one piece of advice to give a young kid who wanted to be a successful high school athlete at MCHS, what would that advice be?
A. My advice to them is always work hard because that will always get you where you want to be.
As well as keeping your grades up because in order to be great and people to notice you, you have to be able to play so the grades have to be a key focus.