Wrestling Team Muscles Up Against Foes

Hannah Tennant

After beating Alhambra for the first time in many years, the wrestling team is feeling optimistic about the rest of their season. “Our future matches are looking promising, as long as everyone works hard,” said Johnleigh Dean ‘11.

At their meet on Jan. 6 against Campolindo, the team lost. “Though we suffered a pretty bad loss to Campo, it was somewhat expected from a small team like us, since they have a very strong team,” said Brian De Luna ‘13.

They beat Acalanes on Jan. 13. On Jan. 27 the team lost against Dublin. The team played Dougherty Valley yesterday, Feb.3. Unfortunately, scores were not available by press time. Their upcoming match against Las Lomas on Feb. 10 will be a key for the team. “They have a really good team and it will be an interesting and challenging set of matches at our dual meet with them,” said Dean.

This year, Haley Alton ‘12 started wrestling. She wrestles in the 103 lb. weight class, and has won all her matches by default because there are no other wrestlers in her weight class. While she is the only girl on the team, she has felt encouraged by her fellow teammates. “The team has been great and accepting. They do get worried sometimes they might hurt me because I look so fragile, but they are all really nice people,” said Alton.

The team has grown in recent years, with wrestlers like Alton stepping up and joining the ranks. Two years ago, the team had less than ten athletes. “When I started last year, about half of our team were freshmen, myself included,” said De Luna. “This year we had another impressive freshmen turnout, as well as some awesome sophomore guys we persuaded to join. If we can keep on doing this every year, we’ll be great. We just have to be patient and give quality coaching to our guys the best we can.”

This quality coaching comes from team captain Bryce Pummer ‘11, coaches Mike Worth, Brad Caine, and alum Sam Worth ‘08.

Pummer hopes to place in NCS and qualify for State this year. Both Christian Kelly ‘12 and Kai Shimoko ‘12 also hope to place in NCS, and are key players to look for this season.

As a sport, the team would also like to stress the difficulty level of this physically demanding sport. “I don’t think most people know how hard wrestling really is,” said Dean. “In a match, you have three periods, and each period is two minutes along. There is almost no rest between each period, so you end up wrestling for about six minutes straight. Imagine having to sprint as hard you can for six minutes.”

As a whole, the team’s goal is to win the rest of their matches this season. And in order to accomplish this, they ask for the support of the Miramonte student body. “It is always a great feeling to see fans in the stands cheering us on, and it really helps our performance,” said Dean.