MADISON (WKOW)-- The NCAA voted against allowing winter-sport athletes another year of eligibility. It was a harsh reality for UW seniors who saw their seasons end with a championship in sight.
“Winning a national championship is our Stanley Cup in women’s hockey," UW Women's Hockey Senior Presley Norby said. "I mean, other than the Olympics, it’s pretty much as high as you can go. Just the thought of remembering how good those times were, like wow, I wish we could’ve done that again, and I think we had a special group that was really looking forward to having that opportunity.”
“Wrestling doesn’t define me at all, but it is something that was a goal of mine my whole life," UW Wrestling Senior Tristan Moran said. "I’m not going to let it bring me down too much, but I mean, it still stings.”
Winter-sport athletes and coaches are now moving on.
“Decision’s been made," UW Wrestling Head Coach Chris Bono said. "They’re not getting their year back.”
Now more than ever, putting life into perspective.
“Everybody’s talking about wanting years back for these kids. Well, if we don’t beat this virus, there’s no sports anyway,” Bono said.
Cherishing what once was.
“It’s definitely a lot of time to think about almost how lucky and grateful I was to have that opportunity,” Norby said.
“Life doesn’t always go your way," Moran said. "Just get back up and keep going.”