A senior at Durant High School, Keith Watford is entering this weekend’s district wrestling tournament as a county champion. Watford was the only member of the Durant team to come away with a first-place finish, winning at 182 pounds. Watford has qualified for the state meet twice but has yet to place. He is hoping to take one step toward that goal at districts this weekend, at Brandon High School.
What was the county tournament like, and what was it like to win?
I feel like I performed pretty well. Of course, I was worried about Brandon (High), and when I would meet up with them, but that match never came, because their wrestler lost before finals.
What has the season been like for you so far?
Losing my head coach that I had for the first three years was tough, but coach (Drake) Millard has done a great job, and I’ve known him my whole life and wrestled for him in club. I’m glad he stepped in and filled the spot.
What are some of the goals you have for the team?
Overall, we just want to get as many guys through as possible to regions.
What are some of your personal goals?
I’ve been to state twice, so I’m looking for my third year of making it there. I haven’t placed yet, and this is my last year to do it, so I’m going to give it everything I’ve got and leave it all on the map.
Have you always wrestled at 182?
No, I wrestled at 140 as a freshman and 160 my sophomore year. I was at 195 last year before dropping to 170 and 182 this year.
What are some of the differences in the weight classes?
Style is really different. From the lightweights to 195, style goes from fast movement to slow and powerful movement. Everything is different from technique, to style, speed and even conditioning.
Is there a class you enjoy the most?
195 or 182. The heavier weights.
Why is that?
I didn’t like cutting weight, and I feel like heavier people wrestle more my style.
Outside of the team practice, what is your personal routine?
I do a lot of circuit training and lifting and do a lot of short-paced long runs.
What hobbies do you have outside of wrestling?
I like to hunt, fish and spend time with my girlfriend, friends and family. Family is very important to me.
Do you have plans for the future?
I plan to join the Marines.