Hayden wrestlers Chad Terry, Nick Williams bounce back from injury
December 31, 2011
Hayden — Hayden High School seniors Chad Terry and Nick Williams don't need any extra motivation.
The two wrestlers have had a rough go at it.
A balky shoulder cost Terry a shot at a state championship last season, while Williams' shoulder injury didn't even allow him to compete.
But as the two mingled in the Hayden wrestling room earlier this week, both — for the first time in a while — declared themselves 100 percent.
That's a scary thing for Class 2A opponents at 145 and 140 pounds.
"I'm glad to have them back," Tigers coach Chad Jones said. "After the holiday, they'll take the room over. They know what's coming up. They know regionals and state are coming up. The room gets easier to coach with two guys like that."
Although each has endured injury woes, each has a legitimate shot at placing high at the state tournament.
For Terry, who wrestles at 145 pounds, last season started with promise. But his shoulder slowly started to get worse.
By the time he got to the state semifinals, the pain in the shoulder was too much. He couldn't compete in the consolation brackets and finished sixth as a junior, marking the third time he has won a medal at state.
After the season, it was found that most of the cartilage in his should was torn.
"It hurt bad," Terry said. "I've only cried two times in the past 10 years, and it was two times with my shoulder. It was horrible."
Terry, however, said he's back to full strength and said surgery on his shoulder has allowed him to wrestle with both arms this year.
For Williams, the road has been even longer. After finishing as a regional champion his sophomore year, a tear in his labrum ended his junior season. Then he tore an MCL in his knee at the end of this football season and hasn't wrested this year.
Williams, though, said his shoulder and his knee are healthy. He wanted to return to action Dec. 17 in West Grand, but Jones urged him to give his body some more rest.
Williams will wrestle Friday and Saturday for the first time in more than a year at the highly competitive Uintah Tournament of Champions.
"It's been a while," Williams said. "It was kind of depressing seeing everyone else wrestle and I'm not. But I'm excited. I can't wait to wrestle again."
With the majority of its tournaments after the holidays, Hayden still has a chance to see how things will shake out.
But with a solid core already in place, the addition of two state champion-caliber wrestlers will make the Tigers even more dangerous.
"Those are two of the toughest kids you'll find in Hayden," Jones said. "Pound for pound, they might just be 145 pounds, but both of them are ornery and tough. We like to have kids like that in the wrestling room."
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