Wrestling season off to promising start

Wrestling season off to promising start

The high school wrestling team has kicked off their 2017-18 season in a promising way. They’ve already competed in three tournaments and two dual meets. At the Marlington Tournament, they placed fifth out of nine teams.

Unlike previous years, the team has a wrestler for every weight division so they are competing at full force and not missing out on opportunities for points. In wrestling, tournaments are divided by weight, if a team does not have someone in that weight class, they are losing opportunities to score. The high school team has grown resulting in more diverse weights.

At the Hudson Holiday Tournament, seniors Chris Szerokman, Mikail Compton and Cruz Ady all placed. They also beat out Massillon in their dual meet. These victories contributed to the teams overall record of 11 wins and 5 losses.

“This is probably the best start to a season we’ve had in five or six years,” senior Cole Hinton said.

The wrestlers hope to maintain their momentum throughout the season and get some athletes to the state tournament.

“We’re in the middle of a comeback,” Ady said.

While eyes are on the state tournament, there is still a long season ahead.

The team’s first home match will take place on Jan. 11, against Federal League opponent, Perry High School. This will be the second Federal League match of the season following a loss to Lake.

In the upcoming week, the team has an dual match on Dec. 28, against the Quakers at Salem High School.

With the early momentum and the goals set by the wrestlers, a visit to the state tournament may be possible for many of the athletes. The state tournament will take place March 8 – 10m at the Ohio State University in Columbus.