Jimmy Sanchez got to ride in an ambulance.
The Battery Creek High School wrestler became excited when remembering that part. The rest of his story this season has been a bit of a downer, at least to this point.
The series of headbutts during a November match at Bamberg-Ehrhardt gave Sanchez a concussion, although he didn't know it at the time. He wrestled two more matches, winning one and losing the other. Then, while reaching to pull a teammate's mother out of the way of wrestlers spilling off the mat, Sanchez collapsed.
He rode the ambulance to the hospital, where he underwent scans and was diagnosed with the concussion. He missed almost two months of his senior season, returning this week to wrestle against Bishop England and Richmond Hill.
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Not only could Sanchez not participate in practice or matches while recovering, he couldn't watch them. His doctor didn't want him to elevate his heart rate watching an intense match.
So he stayed bored.
"It really puts me back a lot," Sanchez said. "Now I've just got to keep working twice as hard to catch back up."
There is still time to finish strong. He and coach Nathan Day believe it. But that means shifting into overdrive with fewer than 10 practices remaining before Lower State.
The Coach Trap Memorial wrestling tournament, held today and Saturday at Battery Creek, should give Sanchez an opportunity to play catch-up. Day is also hoping for a full recovery from 120-pounder Caleb Weaver, who suffered a broken collarbone back in November and also returned this week.
"Their lungs and their timing -- it will take them awhile to get rolling again," Day said.
The duals give Battery Creek a chance to work out a full lineup, with the return of Sanchez, Weaver and Porter Mahan, who has been out with an illness. Without Mahan during two matches Wednesday, Day was forced to shift several wrestlers up one or two weight classes.
Battery Creek's duals tournament is in its fourth year bearing the name of former Dolphins coach Camillo Trapuzzano, who died in 2009. Fifteen teams are committed to participate, with finals held late Saturday.
4TH ANNUAL COACH TRAP MEMORIAL WRESTLING TOURNAMENT
What: Duals tournament, named in memory of former Battery Creek and Thomas Heyward coach Camillo Trapuzzano, featuring 15 teams from throughout South Carolina, including Whale Branch, Beaufort High, Hilton Head High and host Battery Creek
Where: Battery Creek High School gymnasium
When: Early rounds start today at 5:30 p.m. Matches start at 10 a.m. Saturday. The championship match is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 8 p.m.
Teams: Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Battery Creek, Beaufort High, Cane Bay, Chapin, Colleton County, Conway, Hilton Head High, James Island, North Myrtle Beach, Stratford, Sumter, Wando, Whale Branch, West-Oak