DV wrestlers prepare for the upcoming tournaments

Bianca Johnson, Staff Writer

The winter season sports are no longer dormant. The JV wrestling team will have their first tournament on December 5 and Varsity will face their competitors December 6.

The wrestlers are hard at work preparing for their upcoming matches, including the tournament against rival Dublin on December 11.

The members of the Varsity team have been training and working since June and practice from Monday to Saturday to do so.

JV wrestlers will be learning collegiate wrestling style (which is also known as folkstyle wrestling or scholastic wrestling.) Collegiate wrestling is a variation of Greco-Roman wrestling, but the use of the wrestler’s legs is allowed in collegiate wrestling. The main component of collegiate wrestling is to pin down the opponent, resulting in an instant win.

The main preparation for the JV team is to understand basic wrestling by their first tournament.

Practices typically run for 3 hours on Mondays through Fridays; tournaments usually last for up to 11 hours on Saturdays.

To equip the wrestlers with the skills needed for a successful season, the wrestlers work out in the weight room and run for 30 minutes twice a week. The remaining time is spent in the wrestling room reviewing techniques and building strength and stamina. Some qualities that will assist wrestlers in winning their bouts are “a good work ethic, a drive to succeed, and they are not afraid to work hard or fail,” says Coach Clemente.

Last season the varsity team was 6-0 and had 2 members place in NCS (North Coast Section.)

With hard work and dedication the wrestling team can hopefully continue on the road to success.