Off the mat

Wrestling

Chris Ramsey, Candid Color

Ashley Harris, Journalist

Wrestling, a winter sport, in which a group of students enjoy participating in(change).  Mr. Hardy has been coaching the wrestling team for six years. “I really enjoy coaching the team,” Mr. Hardy said.

Sophomore, Jaydon Rowson, said that he joined the wrestling team because: “I had a lot of friends on the team, and because the coach was very inspiring.”

The team practices every day, except for Sundays. “We do crossfit workouts, combined with the wrestling techniques,” Hardy said, “It’s all geared towards getting the kids in shape.”

Sophomore, Xavier Betts said that he enjoys playing “mat tag” at practice. “It’s everyone laying on the ground, and the coach will call out two people, and one person has to tag the other person,” Swanson explained, “and if one spalls on someone laying down, then they have to go tag the other person,”

The Wrestling team has competition in December, however, they must prepare for the meets. “We meditate, or do mental preparations, we also hype each other up,” Swanson said, “some kids get amped up with the music of their liking, but we mostly focus on the sport, and work hard.” 

“I enjoy how the team hypes each other up because we talk about it at lunch, and get everyone excited for them,” Rowson said.

The team is very supportive of one another,” Hardy said.

Rowson said his favorite meet was the Jamestown meet. The team did very well during that meet. 

The Wrestling team, in the past, has done very well during their matches. “The past year, we took six kids to the state tournament, and two placed in the top six,” Hardy said. He is hoping to bring ten students with him this year to the state tournament.