Heading into the consolation semifinals in Saturday’s Class A, District 4 wrestling meet, the Hastings High Tigers had 13 of its wrestlers still alive with a chance at state.
During a break, head coach Brian Laux took his squad into the quiet of the its own wrestling room to take some time to refocus. And in that time, he also delivered an impassioned speech.
By day’s end, Hastings High finished with 12 qualifiers, including two district champions — 120-pounder Nolan Laux and Huy Truong at 152 pounds — for this week’s state wrestling tournament at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
“We said, ‘Hey, this is your defining moment. This is why you do all that work in the offseason, all those lifting weights and all that — it’s for this moment. You guys have the opportunity to put yourselves and this team on the map’,” said Brian Laux, whose squad placed second out of eight schools with 176 points, just eight points shy of district champion and Class A No. 2-rated Omaha North. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way we competed today.