Marcus Thomas won 40 consecutive wrestling matches this season before finally losing to one of the state's best 106 pounders, and Northwest coach Dan McCready said that bodes well for Thomas' chances at qualifying for the state meet next month.
Thomas broke his high school’s record for consecutive wins with the streak, and McCready said it is mainly through hard work and determination that Thomas was able to break the record.
“Marcus did a lot of work in the off season,” McCready said. “He wrestled a lot of freestyle and Greco-Roman. He was on Team Texas and went up to Fargo to nationals and was able to place eighth overall. So he was All-American in Greco, and he's just a fantastic kid. He's there for everything. He works really hard when he's in the room so it makes the hours he puts in really count. I'm not really surprised at all that he has had as much success as he's had this year.”
Thomas did end up losing in the finals of the Cy Fair Invitationals, setting his record at 40-1 on the season following the meet.
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Thomas said that he has been pretty pleased with the season he has had to this point and said that it is critical for him that he have this type of season right now.
“This is my most important year, because it's my senior year,” Thomas said. “I really feel like this year, I can do some big things at state. It's been a really, really good season so far; the best I've had at Northwest.”
The Northwest wrestler said he tries to bring a couple of things to the team that he believes are key for success as a unit.
“I try to bring a winning attitude and positivity,” Thomas said. “I try to stay positive no matter what. Whether we win or lose, I always try to keep a good attitude and keep the guys up.”
Thomas said that he has some definite goals for this season and said that breaking the record for most consecutive wins at Northwest for him has been very special.
“This year, I plan on winning state,” McCready said. “I want to win district, region and bring home a state title to Northwest. When I found out that I had broken the record, I was so proud. I came here my sophomore year and began working as hard as I could. When I found out I had broken the record, it just seemed like all of my hard work had paid off.”
McCready said that based on what he has seen from Thomas so far this season, he does believe that he has a chance to qualify for state and hopefully rival for a state title.
“I think he definitely has a shot at it,” McCready said. “I think that what it's going to take is for him just to keep doing what's he's doing – working hard and moving forward. We were down five points to this kid from The Woodlands when he ended up pinning us at Cy Fair, and it was really just some mistakes he made. I think that as he gets rolling again and continues to work, district is between him and another wrestler, which is the first step, and then we'll see what happens. He had three legit wins at the Cy Fair meet, and that bodes well for him.”
Marcus Thomas' Favorites
Favorite Athlete: Cael Sanderson
Favorite Sports Team: New Orleans Saints
Favorite Food: Macaroni and cheese
Favorite Movie: Back to the Future
Favorite TV Show: Sports Center
Last Book Read: The Great Gatsby
Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Kid Cudi