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Washington's Meneweather Poised for the Podium

Randy Meneweather is so close to going back to the IHSA State wrestling tournament

WASHINGTON - When Randy Meneweather dons the orange and black singlet, it's showtime.

"In order to stay on top, I have to keep having my best performances every single match," said Randy Meneweather, Washington Sophomore. "So I have to put on a show every single time to protect my ranking."

"He came in and had that desire," said Bryan Medlin, Washington Wrestling Coach." He really showed he is wrestling harder."

His hardest opponent this year wasn't a person. This year he didn't think he'd have to wrestle with the question "How do I deal with a natural disaster?

"Sometimes I sit back and think, man, could have really went bad if our town hadn't stepped up and helped immediately," said Meneweather.

Every Washington student-athlete had to deal with the Nov. 17th tornado in their own way.  Randy Meneweather chooses to take out the positives.  He says it helped him become more of a man.

"Put on my 'grown-man' face," said Meneweather. "Little cousins were there. I couldn't show any fear to them. Everything is going to be ok.  Played it off like nothing happened."

"Something we didn't wish on our town, but our town really stepped up and it's something that these young men have lived through these times and are going to be better people for it," said Medlin.

Going back and forth to live with his grandma in Chicago, and rebuilding hope in his hometown, he never lost sight of his goal, pretending to be on top of the podium.

"Coach Medlin says last meet at conference, you only have a certain amount of matches to go," said Meneweather. "I just stay focused on my matches. Treat everyone like it's state."

If everything goes according to Meneweather's plan, soon, he won't have to pretend anymore.

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