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This past weekend I participated in the Maryland Class 4A-3A South Region wrestling tournament. I took fourth place at 145 pounds, so I am on my way to states.

When I won the match that determined me going to states, I was excited and it had felt as if a huge weight had been lifted.

I am the first Great Mills wrestler to make it to the Maryland state wrestling tournament since my freshman year of high school. James Monda, a friend of mine and former teammate, was the last one to do so.

Thankfully, he has come back and worked with me the past three years and I have learned so much.

On Monday, my team and I cleaned out the locker room so that the lacrosse kids can have it. It was a bit depressing.

That was the last time we all were in there as a team and the last time I had to clean out my locker. I am going to miss it.

Maybe one day Iíll be back and coach the team. My friend, Kevin Norris, told me when he turns 21 he wants me to coach a team with him. Maybe it will be at Great Mills.

In preparation for this weekend, I have been going to Leonardtown High School for practices. They have been holding more practices like the week before. There are less people there, but they are just as good.

This state tournament is going to be the hardest one I ever have competed in. It includes the best guys from each region of Maryland, with each going for the same prize. None of them are going to be scrubs.

But like I have said before, anything can happen in a tournament and it all comes down to who wants it more, who is willing to go that extra step and never give up.

That is the attitude I am going to have going into this weekend. I have to place; I am going for the best and nothing less. It is my first and last chance to do so.

Matthew SkibickiGreat Mills senior