Firmanik earns state runner up to end a legendary career

Last weekend senior Seth Firmanik placed second at the Class B state wrestling meet in the 195 lb. weight class. The meet was held in Omaha at the CHI Health Center. Firmanik has qualified for state three times in his career. He has a career total of 125 wins. This ranks him third in total wins for school history. This season, he finished with a record of 48-4. Head Wrestling Coach Mr. Derek Garfield said Seth’s work ethic and attention to detail is what has made him stand out.

“Seth has an intense desire to be great,” Mr. Garfield said. “He never missed practice and always did everything I asked him to do to the best of his ability.  He’s also very coachable.  Thats a combination of things that made him great!”

Like Coach Garfield, Seth’s teammate Brock Beed ’20 has also watched Seth grow as a wrestler from the very beginning. Beed travelled with Firmanik to state and stayed with him in the hotel. He’s proud to have been Firmanik’s friend and teammate throughout his career.

“I’ve watched him grind from freshman year in the practice room wrestling the seniors, and that has sure paid off because look at him now,” Beed said. “He’s a three time state medalist. I’m so proud of this kid.”

Firmanik contributes his success to his coaches and teammates that have been a part of the program since the beginning of his career. His favorite memory was medaling at state his sophomore year because it “showed him the potential.” He will miss the “grind” of wrestling and the rewards of winning a match.

“It’s amazing to end my career at the biggest stage,” Firmanik said. “Being called a state finalist is something no one can take away from me.”