Approaching The State Tournament

Trenton Vanalstyne

After battling it out through long hard matches and days of physical exhaustion, this season for wrestling is coming to end in mere weeks for both the boys and girls teams. Months of hard training and commitment will culminate in a final opportunity for every wrestler to show what they are made of.

“We’re about where we want to be,” Joseph, a wrestler on the team, said Thursday evening during the Meet The Huskies event. “The boys and girls each won their last tournaments.”

In less than three weeks, the first step begins as wrestlers battle it out in districts, followed by regionals if they are able to make it. Many wrestlers prepare months in advance for these tournaments, as their overall placing truly matters. Though it is not only the first place winner that will move on to states if one ends up placing too long than their season will be over right then and there. Focus is key, and wrestlers who manage to make it to this level need all the support that they can get. For states, this pressure hits even harder, as any given wrestler will be surrounded by the best of the best, all of them are shooting for that single first place spot.

“It’s about commitment,” Coach Queen, head wrestling coach, says nearly every day at practice. “You have to put in the effort.”

Support the Husky Mat Dogs as they shoot to win states this year. Many seniors, including team captains Mason and Jaydaniel Maldanado, have this as their last chance to win in their high school careers and should be cheered on. This season may be coming to a close soon, but there is still much wrestling to do.