Zach Bennetts is a high school wrestler who deserves a break …. as in good luck, not a fracture.
The Lincoln Southwest High School student-athlete has had plenty of the latter.
Bennetts’ medical misfortunes have limited what he’s been able to contribute to the Silver Hawks program. He suffered a broken left arm as a freshman, a concession as a sophomore, and a broken left wrist as a junior. Last year’s injury occurred just before Southwest’s season-opening meet and cost the team’s 113-pounder the first 3-4 weeks of the season.
Entering his senior season of wrestling, Bennetts has set three goals: (a) a winning record, (b) a state-meet berth, and most importantly (c), an injury-free season.
Silver Hawks Coach Aaron Finley is impressed with his upperclassman’s resiliency.
“Zach didn’t start wrestling until he was a freshman, but he’s come back from each injury,” says his head coach.
Nearly made state
Bennetts won’t have to improve much on last season’s district tournament performance in order to advance to state. With a state tournament berth on the line, he lost a one-point decision in district finals last season.
Despite the injuries, Bennetts has been a steady contributor for the Silver Hawks varsity the past three years. He cracked the varsity squad as a freshman at 106 pounds, replacing a wrestler who was having difficulty making weight at 106. He wrestled at 113 pounds as a sophomore and again last season. He’s penciled in at 120 pounds this season.
Running cross country the past two seasons has put him in great shape for preseason wrestling workouts. He dropped football last year to become a harrier and work on his conditioning for wrestling.
In the spring, he’s a pole vaulter whose career-best is 13-feet.
His wrestling coach says Bennetts possesses character traits that represent his program well.
“Zach is very active in his church and is a great leader on our team,” said Coach Finley.
“He embodies a great deal of integrity and represents our sport and our school well.”