For Jordan Botero, the pressure of wrestling in the final bout, with a state sectional final on the line, in a 4-overtime match, in front of a hostile crowd, was never a problem.
It was all about his teammates.
“I’m out there for them,” Botero said, after he escaped with 2.8 seconds left in the final overtime to win his heavyweight bout and provide second-seeded Wayne Valley the North 1, Group 4 championship, with a scintillating 33-31 win at top-seeded Roxbury.
Jordan Botero celebrates the match of his life, winning the North 1, Group 4 final to clinch the state championship for Wayne Valley, on Feb. 8. (Photo courtesy of Christine Colella. Click on photo for larger image)
And for Botero, the moment was never too much. It was business as usual, as he witnessed teammates Nick Trani, Dan Murphy, Reid Colella, Elijah Lugo, Matt Jimenez, Ryan Hammer and Sean Hammer pick up big wins to set the stage for that final match.
“Jordan never let the moment get too big,” said Wayne Valley head coach Todd Schroeder. “He knew what was on the line, but kept his composure. He escaped with less than 3 seconds left in the match. How crazy was that?”