Andrew Hannigan

Hannigan approaches the scales for weigh-in at the 2021 State Wrestling Tournament. Photo by DJ Hannigan/The Flume

The Platte Canyon wrestling team had one wrestler qualify for the 2A state tournament on March 12 in Pueblo.

That wrestler was sophomore Andrew Hannigan, who made his second appearance at the big show in two years competing in the 115-under weight class.

Hannigan’s first match was a rematch from his 2020 trip to the state tourney. He faced Chris Hutchings of Buena Vista. Hutchings won by pin.

Next, Hannigan faced Mario Vigil of Centaruri in the consulation round. Vigil won by pin.

Even though Hannigan was disappointed by the results, he knew going into the State Tournament that he would be facing extremely tough opponents.

PCHS Head Wrestling Coach Gary Rhoads spoke to that topic after the event.

“Andrew had the two toughest kids in the bracket,” Coach Gary Rhoads said. “He wrestled well, just ended up short. A lot had to due with a short season and just not having all the season matches due to COVID.”

Rhoads also had to have been pleased by Hannigan’s comments following the event, as the sophomore is already turning his attention to the 2022 season.

“Although I lost my matches, I am grateful to be competing with such great competition,” Hannigan said. “Over the season I felt good, but I know there is so much improvement needed to be made in the off season. I am also blessed and thank God I could come of a knee injury and still be able to compete at regionals, in which I took second place for a ticket to the state championships.”

Hannigan continued.

“I want to thank everyone who supported, pushed me and fulfilled my needs in getting me as far as I did, including my coaches, my teammates and my parents. I am coming back next season with a whole different mind-set and a whole different goal.”

That new goal probably includes a medal at the 2022 State Tournament, and Hannigan’s  track record thus far at PCHS seems to indicate that he’s more than capable of reaching it.

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