Wrestling shows strong start despite lack of members

 Assistant coaches Adam Bunzel and Ricky Condon demonstrate to wrestling members techniques and strategies to use during a match.

Assistant coaches Adam Bunzel and Ricky Condon demonstrate to wrestling members
techniques and strategies to use during a match.

The Panther wrestling team has witnessed a good start to the season, with many of it’s players with majority win records so far into the season.

“My current record is 4-1,” junior Scott Atkinson said. “Our team is off to a good start. We just need to keep working hard and keeping the intensity up.”

However, this year the wrestling team is surprisingly shorthanded, with only 18 members in total. This is resulting in serious consequences, the team is in desperate need of heavy weights - 180 lbs or higher.

“One major weakness in our team is the lack of members,” junior Ibrahim Yaldiz said. “We need more people to come out and try the sport before they make the final decision on whether to continue or leave.”

Wrestling is a sport plagued by misconceptions every year, with many believing the sport to be dangerous and unsanitary.

“In my opinion, it’s very hard to get injured and we are taught the correct way to wrestle so that we don’t do anything dangerous to our opponent,” Yaldiz said. Yaldiz added that the wrestling room is cleaned daily with a germ killing solution.

Despite the negative connotations with the sport, wrestling team members remain positive for the season.

“I feel that we are heading into a great season with a team that has the potential to win league this year,” Atkinson said. Despite being short on wrestlers, “we still have a great chance as a team to succeed.”

Posted on December 19, 2017 .