Wrestling: The Hidden Sport
Story by: Lauren Pfile
Many sports have their own specialty that makes them stand out from other sports.
“We give up seven Saturdays out of the season for wrestling, not including the meets going to state,” Kestell stated.
The meets that are not part of going to State include up to five matches for each person on one Saturday, which means that a lot of mental and physical toughness is needed.
“The hardest workouts that we have are a lot of regular drills, and there is a lot of endurance building in the beginning of season.
There are conditioning circuits that are about twenty minutes apart.
“It is up to the individual for how hard they work at the stations, but usually they work their hardest,” states Kestell.
The varsity team requires 14 wrestlers, and each has a weight class. The weight classes consist of: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, and 285 pound categories. Each weight class is filled with at least one athlete.
“Wrestlers usually have a rep of starving themselves, or not eating to meet the requirements of that particular weight class they’re trying to get into, but we always tell the students to maintain weight, control eating, and to stay healthy and strong,” Kestell added.
The junior class, in particular, seems to be standing out on the wrestling team. The juniors are: Jacob Malwitz, Matthew Rogers, Gunnar Joosse, Emmett Dean, Steve Rodriguez, and Andy Wildman.
They explained how intense the beginning of season is.
The season is one of the longest, starting in November, and going into March, if an athlete makes it to State.
The sport has many people with many different backgrounds, and Kestell stated that if you work hard and want to achieve, don’t be afraid to try something new.