Aguilar out to prove himself in wrestling regional, seeking second-straight trip to semistate

Seymour gears up for another weekend of postseason wrestling Saturday at Jeffersonville High School.

Jesus Aguilar will compete for a chance to advance to the semistate competition, which takes place at 9 a.m. Central Standard Time Feb. 10 in at Ford Center in Evansville.

Aguilar is in his final year of high school wrestling and is seeking his ultimate goal: To place in the state wrestling tournament.

He spoke about being in the same position as last year and what he needs to do to advance.

“I was in the same spot last season as a heavyweight. This season, I’m looking to move farther into a placing,” Aguilar said. “Mostly, I would like to improve on my shots. In sectional, I relied mostly on my headlock, which is my downfall. If I can improve on my singles and doubles, I think I’ll have a pretty good shot.”

Seymour wrestling coach Dan Rasey also spoke on the chances of Aguilar advancing to Evansville next weekend.

“He has a very good chance of advancing on into semistate,” Rasey said. “While we have not wrestled this particular Jeffersonville wrestler, we have beaten a lot of common opponents and finished ahead of him at the conference meet three weeks ago.”

The senior also was asked about what he has learned from last season and this season and how it’s helping him.

“I’ve learned a lot this season with wrestling. You have got to have a good work ethic if you want to succeed in this sport,” Aguilar said. “It’s all about putting in the work and improving on what you already know.”

Rasey has mentioned he has been impressed with the growth of Aguilar in his short time in the wrestling room.

“Jesus is a very rare person when it comes to wrestling. It is not very common to see someone come in their junior year having never wrestled and get to where he is,” Rasey said. “This is Jesus’ second time qualifying for regional as he qualified last year at heavyweight. Over the offseason, he was in the room every chance he could get to improve and soaked everything in like a sponge.”

The coach mentioned Aguilar’s drive to get down to 215 pounds this season after wrestling heavyweight last season.

“In the fall, he devoted himself to losing nearly 30 pounds to make the 215-pound class so he wouldn’t have to wrestle kids 50 pounds heavier than him,” Rasey said.

Aguilar also secured his 50th career win in the semifinal of the sectional. Rasey said it’s a remarkable feat, considering the senior hadn’t had any prior experience.

He also spoke about his favorite part about Aguilar as a person and competitor.

“I absolutely love the drive Jesus has to be great. He absolutely hates losing, and it motivates him every day to find ways to improve,” Rasey said. “It makes me really excited to see what he is able to accomplish once he graduates and heads off into the business world.”

He then mentioned he expects big things from Aguilar as he goes on with his young adult life.

“As a person, Jesus is the life of the party and an amazingly helpful person,” Rasey said. “His ability to form a quality relationship with just about anyone is something to be commended. He truly has the heart of a champion, and I hope he is able to obtain his goals in wrestling, but I know he will obtain his goals in life.”

The Owls wrestler then spoke about his favorite part of the sport.

“My favorite part of wrestling is, of course, winning,” he said. “I also like seeing the amount of improvement I have made in my few years of competing. My favorite part about the postseason is getting to relax a little bit, you know, still working, but not having the pressure of making weight or competing in team tournaments.”

Aguilar will start off with Gavin Grisham of Jeffersonville. If he wins, he would face the winner of Gabe Wheatley from Silver Creek and Xavior Gindhart of Jennings County. The top four place winners in each weight class will advance to the semistate tournament.