WARSAW, Ill. (WGEM) -- The sport of wrestling has shaped the bond of West Hancock brothers Jack and Will Lucie.
And their love to grapple began at an early age.
Jack is a junior and took his first turn on the mat at 9-years old.
Will is a freshman who started his career at 7-years old.
Fast forward to nearly a decade later and the siblings are heading to this weekend's state meet - together - for the first time.
Both sectional champions last weekend, Jack is a three time qualifier and finished fifth at state last season, while Will is competing at Assembly Hall in this his freshman campaign.
Both couldn't be more happy for each other.
"It's definitely turned in to something great," Jack said who's 38-1 at 126 pounds this season.
"We both kind of struggled at the beginning (of the season), but now we're doing well and we're kind of making a splash in the community, and in the state. I really think it's a great thing to see both of us going to state as brothers, it's just really awesome."
Will added, "It's definitely unique. I think it's cool because we've been through it together for our entire lives. It's just cool that we finally get to compete on such a large stage."
Make no mistake about it the Lucie brothers are ready for what lies ahead.
Jack used last season's loss in the semifinals as motivation while Will watched from the stands, and knows the disappointment of losing on the state's biggest stage.
Titans head coach Jon Minnis is confident both will perform to their high standards.
"You get to see it in practice when they're bitter rivals," Minnis said of their competitiveness.
"But then at the same time, in meets and in tournaments, you see them cheering for each other harder than anybody else. They fuel each other's fire and that's what makes it special."
Wrestling is a challenge for some, but for the Lucie brothers their abilities stem from a kinship with the sport.
"There's so many things that I like about it," Jack explained. "The physicality of it, going after the (opponent) and getting to legally inflict pain on the (opponent) is a lot of fun. That's probably my favorite part about (wrestling)."
According to Will, "I was always kind of an aggressive kid, always playing and stuff, and my dad kind of thought it would be a good sport for me.
We tried it and I liked it. I really loved it when I was a kid and it kind of just escalated from there."
The Titan pair will head off to Champaign on Thursday morning in time for their preliminary matches that evening.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2013 WorldNow and WGEM. All Rights Reserved.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Donna Vancil at 217-228-6617. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.