Zuunbayan impresses team despite freshman status

by Mark Tannous, Broadcast Editor

Tulga Zuunbayan, freshman, has been deemed as an “amazing wrestler” by the senior members. Zuunbayan, in weight class 138, currently has a record of 17-6.

According to Neil Weiner, wrestling coach, he is the leading scorer and has the best record on the team so far.

“He has improved tremendously over the course of the season,” Coach Weiner said.

Zuunbayan recently arrived to WHS from California, and he placed third in the Wildcat Invitational on Dec. 8.

The Wildcat Invitational is a well-regarded tournament, according to Coach Weiner. WHS placed ninth overall.

It is easy to tell where the “freshman prodigy” gets his “talent” from; his father wrestled in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and in the 2001 World Championships.

“I used to think it was nothing (his dad going to the olympics), but now I think its really cool,” Zuunbayan said.

According to Sal Dominguez, senior, in the future, he thinks Zuunbayan will be a state qualifier and “hopefully a state medalist.”

“I think Tulga is a really good wrestler, and he always comes through in the clutch, giving us a lot of points,” Dominguez said.

Zuunbayan has already set a goal of making it to State as a freshman.

“He’s a talented individual that over time, has a great future, and I can’t wait until he’s a senior to see his full potential.” Jacob Del Toro, senior, said.

The next wrestling meet, the Carmel Quad, will take place on Thursday, Dec. 27 at Carmel Catholic High School.

“The meets are always exciting, especially when they are close,” Zuunbayan said.

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