Writer Tom Scanlon
Under coach Doug Crooks, the team finished third in the state last year, as Jro Byrd won the school’s fourth state wrestling title. He has since graduated, but this year’s team features two returning state runners-up: Stone Crooks (one of the coach’s sons), last year’s freshman sensation; and Branson Tibbs, looking to follow Byrd as a state champion in his senior year. And there is Cory Crooks, who battled to a fourth place finish last season as a sophomore.
Not satisfied with last season’s third-place finish, this year’s team wants to bring a team championship back to Anthem.
“Things look good,” said Coach Crooks. “We are young on varsity experience with the majority of our lineup, but we have some tough, hardworking kids.”
The season started in late November with BC dominating Horizon, 68-3. After December preliminary matches and mini-tournaments, wrestling really heats up in January, as wrestlers battle to qualify for the...