As a King Philip athlete Charlie Edney was looking for something more than a team sport, he was looking for individuality and although he plays soccer and runs track for the Warriors it was wrestling that really got him excited.
“I was looking for a sport that I could have more of an effect on and decided to try out for wrestling, something my dad did in college in California,” Edney said. “He (my dad) was actually surprised when I decided to try out for the wrestling team.”
As a four year varsity wrestler Edney has improved through the years. As a freshman wrestling in the 126 pound weight class he went 9-17 and then flipped his record to 17-9 during his sophomore season at 132 pounds. He then finished fourth at the sectionals, but unfortunately went 0-2 at the states.
“My first year I really didn’t expect all that much,” the senior wrestler said. “But when I finished sixth in the (Division 2 Central) sectionals, the only freshman to place, I knew I could do this.”
His first match was one that Edney almost won, but fell short in the end.
“I was winning right up until the end when I tried a take down, but instead I got pinned. It all happened so fast I don’t really know what happened,” Edney said. “Although down for losing, I felt good when my teammates told me that I did a good job and should have won.”
Following his first season on the mat Edney decided to attend the Wadsworth Wrestling Club in Franklin hoping to bring his game to the next level. During the King Philip Tournament, the first tournament of his sophomore season, Edney finished third and realized all his hard work had begun to pay off.
Although his second season grappling was a success it was nothing to what was forthcoming. As a junior wrestling at 138 pounds he finished 20-10 with 11 pins and earned a two seed in the sectionals, where he lost in the semi-finals. With the loss he dropped all the way to fifth place and was the runner-up to go to the state tournament.
Coming into this, his senior campaign, Edney set some lofty goals for himself. He wanted to go undefeated, win the sectionals and finish in the top of at the states. Thus far he is on pace to represent King Philip in the 145 pound weight class in the sectionals, unfortunately his record has been blemished. The senior is 15-3 with 12 pins.
“I’ve worked extremely hard hoping to become a sectional champion,” Edney said. “Last year I decided to take an aggressive approach with my wrestling and I believe it has helped me as my records show.”
Despite having only known Edney for this season, first year Coach Ray Moore is quite impressed with the senior, especially with the extra workouts he’ll do once practice has finished.
“He has an outstanding work ethic and in just this year alone he’s improved so much,” the KP Coach said. “Charlie’s wrestling ability is sharp and he has honed his skills making him the complete package. His goals are realistic and I expect him to place high in the states.”
Despite having not gone undefeated during the season, Edney still has the sectionals and the states to grab two out of his three goals. And as Meatloaf once sang ‘two out of three aint bad.’