Ken West’s Curry carries himself as well as he wrestles
Currey is the kind of athlete you not only want on your team, he’s the kind of competitor you want to lead your team.
In his third season of varsity with Kenmore West wrestling, Currey has stepped forward and become a voice of leadership as the Blue Devils look to repeat as NFL champions.
The owner of a 20-2 record, Currey, who shares the captaincy with Mark Stucke, has been the model of consistency not only on the mat but as a leader, too.
Currey isn’t afraid to speak his mind under any circumstances. But what makes Currey special is that he has the wisdom to gauge the situation and knows how to engage each teammate as an individual.
“Shane has talked to every wrestler on this team at some point,” Kenmore West coach Bill Hineman said. “I don’t think he’s ever very negative, if at all. He always tries to stay with the positives, boost them up to get them going.”
“He’s willing to give them advice and that’s what I expect out of my captain,” he added. “I don’t want him to be yelling at guys and putting them down. He’s very positive at all times.”
Being able to speak in an honest, non-confrontational manner shows respect for his teammates and they in turn give that unquestioned respect back to Currey as their leader.
His word matters to everyone and nobody doubts his desire to want everyone on the team to be as successful as possible.
“We’re not trying to put them down,” Currey said. “When they lose matches, I tell them what they did wrong, what they can do right, then next practice we might go one-on-one with them and show them what moves to do in certain situations. And, overall, how to improve, so they feel better about themselves.”
The 171-pound Currey, who epitomizes the lead by example message, learned from former team leaders like Dylan Caruana, Brandon Lathrop and Nico Burgos.
“They were like my best friends,” Currey said. “I used to go to summer camps with them and they taught me whatever they knew that I didn’t and tried to make me better. If I lost a match, they were always positive and tried to bring me back up.”
Currey also stands out as an accountable young man. Even in those rare moments of defeat, Currey handles himself with class and dignity.
“I think there’s a lot of kids that see that and react in the same manner,” Hineman said. “Win or lose, you know you did your best. And that’s what he always does. He handles the situation and that’s what the kids see. That’s what a lot of my wrestlers do.”
If he loses Currey doesn’t back talk at officials or coaches. He doesn’t throw a fit or whip his head gear at the floor. He shakes hands and holds his head high as he walks off the mat.
“If you lose you’re gonna be mad about but you can’t flip out,” he said. “You’ve got to keep your cool. I’m mad if I lose a match but you can’t walk around being mad at everyone. Some kids, they’ll throw their head gear and just run right off.”
Make no mistake, Currey is never happy about a loss, but he’ll accept it without making excuses or laying blame elsewhere.
Surprisingly enough, Currey was left off of the preseason rankings. While some people might take the snub personally, Currey casually shrugs it off.
“I didn’t really care,” he said. “If I’m not mentioned then people don’t know me. Then they don’t look out for me and stuff, they switch different kids (in) so I get a better match (up).”
While the rankings committee hasn’t given Currey his due, there is no doubt that within the Blue Devils' family, he is a champion.”