Subjeck misses out on state tournament

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Keaton Subjeck had worked since the end of last wrestling season to prepare for this year.

The Oak Ridge senior had an outstanding season and was one of the favorites in the 170-pound weight class to win a state title. Subjeck, however, injured his elbow in the semifinals of the Masters Tournament Feb. 23. He knew something was wrong prior to his match in the finals against Oakmont’s Peter Santos, but he didn’t know how serious it was. Wrestling with one arm, he lost badly to Santos, 10-0, and when he went to the doctor two days later he learned he had broken his ulna and his high school wrestling career was over.

“It was really disappointing,” Subjeck said. “I put all that work in and to not be able to finish the season was difficult. What it did, though, was make me appreciate my time out there on the mat.”

Despite not being able to compete, Subjeck still traveled to Bakersfield to support teammate Brandon Claiborne, who competed in the 138-pound weight class, as well as keep an eye on how things played out at 170 pounds.

“It was frustrating watching the tournament and seeing the guys I would have wrestled,” Subjeck said. “I know I had the opportunity to do something special and that was the hardest part. It makes me appreciate my time in wrestling because now I know it could end at any moment.”

With a scholarship to attend and wrestle at Stanford University signed, sealed and delivered, Subjeck did not wrestle this weekend because further injury could cause ligament damage. He had surgery Monday to repair his elbow and will begin rehabilitation as soon as he can to prepare for collegiate wrestling in the fall.