Wrestling team stays strong, looks forward to next season

by Jacquelin Camacho, Staff Reporter

A month and a half before the season started, Brandon Harris, senior, encouraged his team to start training and working hard at getting into condition for wrestling. Like the rest of the team, he anticipated many obstacles and was ready to step on the mats to triumph through the season.

“My biggest obstacle was myself. I needed to get the doubts out of my head that I couldn’t do it,” Harris said. “I had a wrestling folder with quotes and important passages that meant something to me.”

Compared to past seasons, wrestling performed about the same this year. The overall team record was 17-6. Last year, the Wildcats fell short of one meet in order to win the east division, placing second. Wheeling lost to Buffalo Grove. This year, the Wildcats lost the east division championship title again, this time to Prospect.

Despite losing this title, the team still placed 5th overall in the MSL.

Neal Weiner, varsity wrestling coach, said that he tried keeping the team motivated throughout the season by encouraging hard work, conditioning, and technique.

Both Harris and Jacob Del Toro, senior, admitted to having felt challenged throughout the season, and they found motivation through each other.

“Brandon Harris always pushed me. If I was lazy or wasn’t giving 100%, he’d always tell me to try my hardest,” Del Toro said. “My biggest accomplishment was placing fourth at the GBS tournament.”

Some wrestlers to look out for next year are Ricky Muro, David Gonzalez and Johny Carvajal, sophomores, and Munkhtulga Zuunbayan, freshman. These boys had the most wins among the underclassmen this year. Zuunbayan was named a regional champ this season as a freshman.

“I want next year’s team to believe in themselves. You have to believe in yourself before you do the work,” Harris said.

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