MHS Wrestling Gears Up for a New Season

Hannah Tennant

The Miramonte wrestling team is once again revving up for a season full of blood, sweat, tears, and brute force. With singlets in hand, these boys plan to take on our surrounding competitors, the North Coast, and the State of California.

The team is being led this year by captain Bryce Pummer ‘11, and coaches alum Sam Worth ‘09, his dad Mike Worth, and Brad Caine. The leaders are working hard to prepare all the new freshman and first year athletes.

While the team lost key players last year, Pummer feels optimistic about their abilities to succeed this year. “I hope we can at least go 3 and 3. If we can do better than that, I would be really happy.”

Pummer personally hopes to make it to State this year, and sees great potential in Christian Kelly ‘12 and Kai Shimoko ‘12. “If they work hard enough they could breeze into Coast,” said Pummer.

The team had their first tournament at Redwood High the weekend of Dec. 4, where the team placed seventh. Last weekend two tournaments took place, a novice tournament and a varsity tournament. Pummer placed first at the varsity tournament, and Micah Spalding ‘13 placed fourth.

On Tuesday, Dec. 7 the team had their last duel meet against Sir Francis Drake High School, where they won.

The team has accepted the various degrees of ridicule their sport has received over the years. “People can think what they want, but until they suit up and try it themselves they shouldn’t project negative opinions towards us. It really is a sport that anyone can do well in,” said Pummer.

The team is also preparing to wrestle Campolindo on Jan. 6 and Acalanes on Jan. 13.

Today the team plays Alhambra, and support would be appreciated and welcome.