Q-and-A with Kris Williams, Thornton wrestling
Kris Williams, the reigning 106-pound state champion with Thornton wrestling, became the first Wildcat to capture a state title since Shaun Carter in 1995.
Williams began wrestling with the Harvey Twisters when he was 3 years old.
What was it like standing on the podium after winning state?
It was an unbelievable feeling, so exciting. I knew I was going to win, and now I’m hoping to become a four-time state champion.
You rebounded from a loss in regionals. How did that affect your preparation heading into state?
After that loss, I pushed myself even harder. I still felt like I could keep improving, and I did.
You seem to overpower opponents with speed and strength.
I definitely feel like I’m one of the best athletes in this weight class. I’m physical, but I can also use my technique to beat people.
Who’s the best wrestler you’ve faced this season?
(Lockport’s) Brian Rossi in the conference finals. I couldn’t put up as many points on him as I normally do; I couldn’t really break him. He kept attacking me the whole match.
What was the hardest part about coming back from your early season ankle injury?
It had to be wrestling through some of the pain. During practice it would hurt and limit me, but once the ref blew the whistle I was able to do whatever I wanted.
Realistically, what’s the highest weight class you could enter and still qualify for state?
I’d say 126 pounds (two classes above 113). Anything above that and I’d lose too much strength and size.
What’s the toughest weight class in the state?
My weight class, 113 pounds, is the toughest. There are so many good guys in this division. Those guys help me keep pushing each day in practice.
As told to Logan Malloy