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Wrestling hosts Grand Oaks, celebrates senior night

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photo or infographic by Emily Meachen
SENIOR SEASON. Wrestlers of the class of 2024 and their families were recognized before the match against Grand Oaks on senior night.

Throughout the year athletes work extremely hard to meet their goals for their sports on-season. This is not an exception for wrestling, which is filled with hard-working student-athletes. 

On Thursday, January 18th, Wrestling hosted a Senior Night event at their home meet against Grand Oaks. Senior nights allow seniors on the team to get recognized by their school and family. 

“I bought a poster and I printed out pictures and Mrs. Meachen helped me make a poster that I decorated for my table,” senior Marina Wilson said. 

Seniors were encouraged to create a poster and decorate a table set out for them. Many used the help of family and friends to make their table personalized. 

“I remember going to senior night as a freshman and thinking that senior year was so far away, but now it’s here.  Four years went by way too fast,” Wilson said. 

This tradition has been done in the past and students say that they believed it was much far off. Time goes by fast, especially for these seniors whose freshman year was delayed due to COVID-19. Although not all seniors decorated a table, they were still able to be accompanied by their families, who showed up in support.

“I didn’t decorate my table, but my family went and supported me, and I got to take pictures with them, ” senior Ethan Elliot said. “I really enjoyed it.”

Students say the team is like a family and that they are supportive of each other. The athletes put in effort that gets showcased at their meets, so for them these are nights to look forward to.

“I love how much of a family we all are on the team,” junior Tristan Rios said. “We can rely on one another for anything, and that is the best part about this team this year. I have full faith that I have put in enough hard work and preparation into the match that I can just have fun in doing what I love doing.”

The entire team wishes the seniors good luck as they move on after graduation.

“I wish them (seniors)  all the most luck that I can,” junior Vanden Johnson said. “Time definitely went fast and I felt a lot of the upperclassmen helped me through a lot of tough times. I wish them luck in whatever career they go into. And hopefully, if they continue to do wrestling I hope that they are successful as possible.”

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