Deshazer, a senior, has finished second in the Class 6A tournament twice, fourth once. Deshazer, whose nickname “Scoot” was given to him when he scooted around the floor instead of crawling as a baby, has his sights on winning a title at 195 pounds at the Class 6A tournament, which begins today at Hartman Arena.
How driven are you to get that state title and join your cousins, Tristen and Daniel, who won multiple titles?
“I’m driven a lot. It’s something I really want to do. It’s my last year. I’ve been close so many times. I’ve just got to get it.”
How are you wrestling right now?
“I feel I’m doing better, working harder in practice. I’ve got a good teammate (Matt Reed), who is motivating me. Matt (who is undefeated at 170 pounds) and I go up against each other in practice. We just really push each other and try new things in practice, to see if they work for us.”
Wrestling coaches actually practice, working on drills and techniques. How does that help your relationship with your coaches?
“It makes us closer because we’re wrestling. They actually are doing the work with us, and it makes us want to work harder. And we’re closer because we’re getting one-on-one time with them and they’re teaching us moves.”
You come from a big wrestling family that includes Tristen, who won four titles at West, and Daniel, who won three at Heights and is now at Oklahoma. What’s it like coming from such a family?
“It helps push me because I know all of my cousins and uncles have state championships, and I really want to get one because I want one of my own. It hasn’t put more pressure on me, but I know I have to go out there and wrestle my match.”
How have you improved as a wrestler?
“I feel my technique is better. I think more in a match than before, and I look for more openings instead of just going out there and then messing up. I think about what my opponent’s going to do and try to anticipate it and counter it or attack from it. I take better shots, and they’re more effective than before.”