Tyler Weiss is doing whatever it takes to become a state champion.
After wrestling with his Camas High School teammates for a few hours every day after school, the senior heads down to Clackamas, Ore., for another practice with the Cobra Wrestling All-Stars. He does this twice a week.
“I just want to make the whole team better,” Weiss said. “I went to lots of summer camps, I’m going to three extra practices a week and I’m running every day. Hopefully, that’s enough.
“To be a state champion would be amazing,” he added. “I wouldn’t even know how to describe it, seeing all that hard work pay off in such a big way.”
Weiss enjoyed watching his former teammate and practice partner Miguel Salamanca capture a state championship last season. It made the dream of winning such a prestigious title more possible for every Papermaker.
“The biggest message you could take from Miguel winning state is that it does happen,” said Camas head coach Glenn Hartman. “If you prepare yourself and you pay the price, you can be that person too. It was great for our kids to see that.”