Trence Gillem Wins Helix High’s First Wrestling CIF State Title

When you hear Helix High School and State Champions in the same sentence, one automatically thinks football. But, after this week, the Scotties are now on the map for wrestling, thanks to 134 lb. senior Trence Gillem.

Gillem not only bringing home the first CIF State Title in wrestling for the Highlanders, he was the only San Diego student athlete to bring home a trophy from the weekend’s finals. Helix, being known for great athletic successes, can now add a new name to their lengthy list of great athletes.

"You really can’t put it into words, its an unreal, surreal type feeling," said Helix wrestling Coach Adam Krzywicki of Gillem’s performance and win in the state championship. "I know he accomplished one of his dreams by winning a state title, but he also allowed me accomplish one of my dreams, by being able to coach such an outstanding kid."

While Trence is excited about his huge accomplishment from over the weekend, he is focused on continuing his training and looking ahead to what is next for his wrestling career.

"You just have to remember and keep constantly telling yourself ‘I have a goal and I’m going to achieve it."

Trence had committed to Grand Canyon University this past Fall, but the school recently announced they will be cutting their wrestling program, leaving Gillem as a free agent.

"I was kind of disappointed when I heard that Grand Canyon was going to discontinue their program, but I’m excited to see what school I’m going to land at"

While being a good wrestler requires intense training and physical as well as mental endurance, Trence Gillem shows how a humble character and focused mentality can lead to even greater success on the mat.

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