Down to the Mat
In the booming arena of the Berry Center, sophomore Anna Vogt took down her opponent 50-2 (Fall 1:48), and won the 6A UIL State Championship for her weight class.
On February 18, Anna proved herself as one of the best wrestlers in the state. After training for five years she was able to take home another girl’s wrestling championship title for College Park and see the product of her hard work.
“My favorite part of competing is seeing all my hard work paying off,” Vogt said.
This payoff comes from years of devotion to her field, and a focus on her sport. Leading up to the state contest, Anna channeled this energy to fuel her win.
“The most important thing leading up to competition was staying consistent with training, eating right, and not getting caught up in the emotions going on,” Vogt said.
According to Head of Wrestling Coach Spjut, this mindset is exactly what sets Vogt apart.
“Anna has always been a very talented athlete,” Spjut said. “This season she bought in to coming every day with the right attitude. She realized that if you want to be the best you can’t afford to have days and practices with poor effort or attitude.”
In the end, her hard work paid off as she won her final match in a flash.
“After my last match initially I was shocked how it went down with a pin in the first period. I had trained and prepared for a six minute battle,” Vogt said.
Looking forward, Anna has her sights set high.
“Over the summer I would like to get nationally ranked and for next season I hope to get a second state title,” Vogt said.
In addition to Vogt’s victory, the boys wrestling team ranked third overall at the UIL State championship.
“Both our boys and girls’ team will be better next season,” Spjut said. “Both teams are young with a lot of talent coming back. I expect both teams to be in the hunt to finish in the top 3 in the state.”
As these team expectations rise, many eyes remain on Vogt’s future.
“I expect Anna to continue to improve,” said Spjut. “I know she has goals of becoming the second 3-time state champ in school history as well as wrestling in college.”
Whatever the future may hold, Coach Spjut and the wrestling team reflect on this season with pride.
“Everyone one of our athletes bought into the program and the lifestyle it takes to be successful, and I think the results reflected that,” Spjut said.