Columbus High School’s Wrestling Team: Experience at State
On February 13-15th, four members from Columbus High School’s wrestling team attended the GHSA State Tournament in Macon, Georgia. Seniors, Austin Bell and Robert Mulvany, Junior Robert Mulvany, and Freshman Jacob Kloepper qualified for state by being top 8 at the GHSA AAAA Section A tournament.
Sean Mulvany, who has wrestled for 10 years, placed second at the state championship tournament. Throughout his high school career, Mulvany has a standing record of 124-38. So far, Mulvany is a 5 time state runner up in the Olympic styles, single time state-runner up in high school, 3 time national team member, and is a member of the 2017 Georgia National Champion Team. Mulvany has had an amazing career so far and will continue to advance with another year of wrestling to come.
“It was almost overwhelming, at least 300 people watching specifically you, but I was able to ignore it and stay focused for my match. The coolest part was the entrance, they marched us out on a parade,” Mulvany reflects on his experience at state. “I will never forget warming up with my friends on the finals mat.”
Robert Mulvany placed 3rd place at the state championship and is putting away his wrestling shoes for good. Though he does not plan on wrestling in college, he has had a spectacular career with an overall record of 174-10 and this year he only lost one match! Mulvany is a 4 time state placer, region champ, and city champ and is a 5 time National Team member Sweet Sixteen at Nationals 2019. He has been undefeated in Columbus for 10 years and qualified for state every year.
“I feel that although I didn’t finish the season how I wanted, I still had a great season. What is more important than how I did at state is how much fun I had leading the team this season,” Robert Mulvany states with a humble point of view.
Austin Bell and Jacob Kloepper both had a good experience at state and both hold an amazing record. Bell wrestled his junior and senior year and holds a record of 81-19. Kloepper holds a record of 28-17, and it is only his first year of high school wrestling. Bell has a positive outlook on the past two years and appreciates the bonds created with his teammates:
“Overall, I have really enjoyed the past two years. I have enjoyed the team bond that has been formed and the friendships that have been made. It's definitely been difficult, but the hard work has paid off and it was a fun and memorable experience.”
The wrestling team as a whole had a remarkable season and holds a team record of 20-7 in duals! Coach Keys is very proud of the team and is excited about years to come.
“We have had an overall great season. I would’ve liked to see us win our Area, win some more matches at State Duals, and to have more individual state qualifiers, but the future looks bright!”
The Wrestling team enjoyed eating pancakes at the State Champions breakfast on February 21st, 2020 and were honored for all their hard work.