Wrestling ready to face district foes

Team looking forward to regionals, state


photo or infographic by Bryce Keele

READY FOR VICTORY. Heading to the mat, sophomore Ethan Elliott prepares for the competition ahead. The only home meet of the season was Wednesday at Lynn Lucas Middle School gym.

by Julian Pelayo, VOW staff

Wrestling is about a lot more than what happens on the mat.  Success comes from learning new eating habits and practicing year round. It takes a lot of dedication. 

The first home meet of the season was Wednesday, preparing for their district competition next week. They have been working toward this part of the season since the season ended last year. 

“I was excited to compete in our first and only home meet this year,” freshman Tristan Rios said. “At the moment my record is 41-4 and this home meet helped my record. I am excited for the district, and I’m hoping to make it to state.”

Returning wrestlers are excited and confident for this year’s district competition.

“I’m very confident in myself, and I believe that I will be coming home with gold,” junior Janice Talley said. “Wrestling is very competitive, and I am super excited to be a leader in everyone’s success. I believe that we will be in the 1st-3rd place range as a team. Our struggles might come in because the 6A district is very tough.”

After having a pretty successful first year in 6A many wrestlers want to go even further this year.

“I’m going to college for wrestling, and I see myself as a role model for all of the other wrestlers,” senior Jeffery Blaker said. “Last year the boys team made it to regionals, but this year we want to go all the way to state and hopefully win state.”

The newcomers to the team have learned a lot this season, and they are looking forward to making their teammates proud at the district meet next week. 

“This is my first year in wrestling,” freshman Lane Sutton said. “I have learned a lot from my coaches,  but the majority of the things that I have learned is from other wrestlers that have been wrestling for multiple years.”