Wrestling hopes to contend for MCAL title


Kylie Jones

The wrestling team poses before practice

Bryan McCaffrey, Reporter

This wrestling season is full of hope, with 19 athletes ready to hit the mat, filling 14 weight classes they’re hoping for a strong season. Our co-ed team starts their season with some away tournaments and dual meets. Although this team may seem large, they are still looking for anyone who would like to try their luck at this sport.

“Although tryouts for most teams end, for wrestling, we really don’t make cuts, so any that are interested can most certainly join our crew. We practice in the classroom next to the entry to the boy’s locker room. All one needs is gym clothes. I have shoes and uniforms,” said Coach Johann Gerlach.

This season the team is young but talented, they have an outside shot at contending for an MCAL title. Hoisting that championship banner is the primary goal of the program as it has never been done in program history.

The wrestling roster has seem expansion of the last couple years as girls wrestling is becoming more and more popular at our school and in the United States. This year there are three girls on the team, and they are hoping for more to come out.

“We’re always accepting girls on our team as girls wrestling is the fastest growing high school sport in the country. We take girls to girls only tournaments to compete. Boys go to separate tournaments unless there’ a tournament with a girls division,” said Gerlach.

One tournament the team is really looking forward to is the Chris Snowden Memorial tournament at school on January 21.