Elk City's William Wright – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Great Plains Bank Elk City

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By Stan Moss

William Wright is on a mission, and the mission is clear:  Win the gold in the ultra-competitive Class 4A 132 wrestling class this weekend at the Fairgrounds arena in Oklahoma City. The Elk City Junior Wright brings an 18-4 record into the tournament, placing second in the Regionals last week. He will be the lone competitor for Elk City this weekend, but he won’t be alone.  His family will be there, along with Elk City head coach Kevin Mincher and his coaching staff.

Between the family and the coaches, Wright has an amazing support group that keeps him motivated and ready, both physically and mentally. Wright is one of 20 brothers and sisters, and they’re all tied for first as to who is the biggest fan. Brother Shaquille, 20, is his closest wrestling advisor within the family. Shaquille was a wrestler at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas. Brother Shaquan is more of an overall life advisor who is also a former wrestler. “He’s there to help with wrestling a little bit, but he’s really there to keep me mentally pumped up, to keep me ready”, said William. “I’m really lucky to have them to help me.”

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His all-time favorite match was last week’s regionals loss to Ryder Ramsey of Tuttle. Let’s make it clear, William Wright does not like to lose. “Even though I lost the match, it taught me a lot about what I need to work on. I don’t like losing, but when I do I try to learn as much as I can from that match. I’ve probably watched it (the match vs Ryder) 20 or 30 times so far since Saturday to learn what I can do to better my chances if I face him again next week.”

Mincher is a fan, along with assistant coaches Kaleb Murray and Devon Mitchell. “He’s a great kid!” said Mincher. “He’s also a tough kid, and He’s wrestling with a torn labrum. If Will wrestles well, he’ll have a shot.” Wright is due to have surgery on March 8thto repair the torn labrum.

Wright made Elk City proud by placing third in the 4A-132 weight class. What he really wanted was to stand on the top step of the medal stand, but he remained the classy young man he is and put it into perspective. “Third is great,” said Wright, “but wait until next year when I’m healthy!”