It’s not all about winning
If all wrestling was about was winning — well, Tate Walerius probably wouldn’t be on the mat. His season record is 6-20 — yet, he goes out every match trying to win — doing what his coach asks him to do.
“Tate was so unselfish tonight,” Coach Joel Skillings said about the Minneota 145-/152-pounder who nearly didn’t report for the team. He’s kind of like a small fish in a big lake — he doesn’t drown, but sometimes swimming as fast as you can doesn’t get it done.
Thursday in Minneota’s quadrangular, “We put him in a situation to help us,” said Coach Skillings. He went into the fray against Redwood Valley’s Tayte Harazin and lost a technical foul decision.
Then Coach Skillings asked him to wrestle state-ranked Alex Borsgard of Windom/Mt. Lake. Walerius got pinned.
But he finally got his day in the sun when he wrestled Fulda/MCC’s Christian Kuball and pinned him in 3:33. “Sometimes we have to put kids into a difficult situation for the good of the team,” said Skillings.
Walerius is one of those kids who takes the challenge and make the best of it. “In one match he didn’t get pinned and saved us a point,” the coach said.
Sometimes there’s more than one way to get the job done. In Tate Walerius’ case, it’s doing what the team needs, when the team needs it. “He’s an unselfish kid,” the coach said.