CLOSER LOOK: Centennial’s Andrew Schulte

Take a closer look at Corona Centennial senior Andrew Schulte and you’ll see a wrestler seeking perfection.

Schulte, headed to the CIF-Southern Section Masters meet for the fourth time in his high school career.

It’s just the latest highlight in a season that has included victory after victory for Schulte, another in a very long line of great Centennial wrestlers.

I caught up with him following his win in the 138-pound finals at the Riverside County Championships back on Jan. 7. It was his third consecutive county title.

Who good does it feel to be a senior and a three-time county champ?

“It’s done as a team. We can’t do it without the team.”

What will you take from your last match tonight?

“Seeing him in the future. Having that confidence. It was a win but it wasn’t perfect. There’s always mistakes. There’s always places you can fix.

Is this the kind of team that can win a CIF title?

“Absolutely, absolutely. I think we’re well on our way, too. It takes work, though.”

What are the similarities and difference between this year and your previous three at Centennial?

“I think we’re always improving, and the only way we improve is we point out our faults. We pick each other apart, pick each other apart for what you’re doing wrong. Nobody’s perfect but you could sure work for it.”

Perfect or not, his high school career will and at the CIF-State finals March 2-3 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

For Schulte, it’ll be a working weekend.

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