TV’s Thurston determined to reach state podium

Teays Valley senior Joey Thurston returns to the state wrestling championships after having won a district championship at heavyweight last Saturday at Hilliard Darby High School.

Thurston (34-7) is scheduled to face Uniontown Lake junior Anthony Miller (28-13) in a first-round match on Friday inside Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center.

Question: Where do you feel you are with your approach and technique on the mat compared to last year at this time going into the state tournament?

Answer: I feel more prepared and focused compared to last year. I’ve been training and wrestling harder than ever all year for this year’s state tournament.

Teays Valley’s Joey Thurston captured the top seed out of the Hilliard Darby district for the Division I state tournament. Photos by John Howley/Sporting Pumpkin

Question: Do you feel like you are peaking going into the state tournament with how you have wrestled so far in the postseason?

Answer: I feel like I can still take it up another level and wrestle my best yet at state. I’m excited to wrestle at the Schott for the last time.

Question: Talk to us about your practice and training routine and how it has pushed you to maximize your success under the bright lights?

Answer: My coaches and teammates have been preparing me for big moments like this all season. Every day, I get to wrestle with Assistant coach (Josh) McDanel, future Teays Valley heavyweight Tristian Graham and even two-time state finalist and Nebraska signee Camden McDanel. They give me confidence in my training every day.

Question: What is your goal for the state tournament?

Answer: I want to finally reach the podium and win as many matches as possible, and I feel that if I can keep my composure and stay strong mentally then I will be able to accomplish that.”

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