Tyree Gibson qualifies for states...by adding another sport

Salem senior Tyree Gibson plays a different sport each season. Football in the fall, wrestling in the winter, and outdoor track in the spring. This winter, he set a goal; make it to (and win) the Virginia state wrestling championship.

That goal became very attainable as he rounded into form on the mat with the postseason approaching. During a late season match he made a routine move, and heard a pop. His high school wrestling career was over, and presumably the chance to accomplish his goal.

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However, earlier in the season his track coaches, including his father Tony Gibson, had pushed him to come out for an indoor meet, take a chance. While still keeping his focus firmly on wrestling, he took the chance, and qualified for states in the shot put with his first throw of the season.

What seemed a one off was now his ticket. Fate cutting his wrestling career short, Tyree began rehabbing his mind from disappointment and body from injury, making it back in time for the state indoor track championship.

The four sport athlete entered the competition in ninth, and had less than a week of true preparation. Tyree climbed all the way to fifth, and set a personal record. He'll carry that resilience forward into outdoor track, different season, same goal, same work ethic.