Wrestling: Safford's Andrews devoted to winning his 4th state title

2012-01-20T00:00:00Z Wrestling: Safford's Andrews devoted to winning his 4th state titleDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 20, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Trey Andrews has a chance to do something no one from Safford High School has ever done, and he's not letting anything get in the way.

"I don't really do much but eat, sleep and wrestle this year," he said. "I'm just dedicated to get that first four-year state champ for our school."

The senior 120-pounder is hoping to be the 26th four-time state champion in Arizona and the first one from Safford.

"We've had four three-timers and tons of two-timers but never a four-timer," coach and father Herman Andrews said.

Here's a look at what fuels the senior, who has 195 career victories.

He really hates to lose.

The three-time individual state champ doesn't forget losses and goes into every meet thinking he's going to win.

"I have one pet peeve, and that's losing, no matter what it is," Trey Andrews said. "You can play me in tic-tac-toe, chess, checkers; I hate losing."

He had nine losses in his freshman year, but he has had only one in each of the last two seasons. However, he won a combined 148 matches in his first three years along with his three titles.

"Wins are cool, but I just don't like to lose, and they just stick on me," he added.

He knows how to get better.

If he does have to lose, Trey Andrews admits that it is a learning experience every time.

He said he goes to big meets such as the Fargo and Virginia Nationals to face the best and see where he is weak.

"I'll just see what they do to beat me, and then I just improve on that every week," he said. "So after every loss I get better."

He also had the good fortune of training with former teammate Ryak Finch - a three-time state champion and current Iowa State wrestler - and his father Rick who was a Safford assistant coach.

"They would take me everywhere with them and go get beat down by the best," Trey Andrews said.

His flame is burning more than ever this year.

Although Andrews is 47-1 and fresh off a win in the Flowing Wells Invitational, he's also ready to take out anyone who gets between him and a four-peat.

One of the reasons is because he lost his first match of the season two weeks ago, to Mesa Westwood's DaWayne Robertson. Herman Andrews, the 17th-year coach, called it a blessing in disguise.

"He's a different person now," the father said. "I don't want to see him lose, but I'm glad that the burn is back, so now everything in practice is horrible because he's being himself again."

The other reason is that nothing would mean more to him than being the first four-time champion to come out of Safford.

"It would mean a lot," Andrews said. "People that accomplish stuff get a brick in the school on the walkway, and I'm pretty sure almost everyone in my family has one, and I'd just be another."

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