The Intell Wrestler of the Year: Tyler Williams, Souderton

by Drew Markol, The Intelligencer

Posted on March 25, 2019

Article originally appeared here:
https://www.theintell.com/sports/20190324/wrestler-of-year-tyler-williams-souderton

At the time, it was crushing.

Now, when he looks back at what happened, Souderton's Tyler Williams sees it as a positive.

Here's some background.

While prepping to get ready for his sophomore season, Williams sustained a concussion in practice that cost him the entire year on the mat. The injury left him angry and away from the sport he loved.

However, he returned his junior year to place sixth at the PIAA Class 3A tournament and capped his career this season with a third-place finish at 138 pounds in Hershey. It all added up to Williams being named the Intelligencer Wrestler of the Year.

"It might sound weird, but getting that concussion might have been the best thing that could have happened to me," said Williams, who finished 40-3 this season and notched 101 career victories in just three years. "It helped put things in perspective for me.

"I watched film of myself wrestling as a freshman and I was always wrestling angry. I would make a mistake and would literally hit myself for doing it. I wasn't having fun wrestling. But then, when it was taken away from me my sophomore year, I realized I needed to change. I started having fun with the sport and that also helped make me better. I was fortunate I was able to come back to wrestling. I got a second chance and wanted to make the most of it."

He did, and he'll continue to make the most of it at Drexel University.

"I believe that Tyler has a great foundation as he begins the transition to his collegiate career at Drexel," Souderton head coach Tristan Boyd said. "He epitomizes what wrestling is all about and what it can do for those who are committed to it.

"He has shown tremendous effort and focus in striving to achieve his goals and determination in facing injuries and adversity. While Ty unfortunately did not achieve his goal of becoming a PIAA state champion, we are so proud of the individual that he has become and so thankful to have been a part of his journey."

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