By Tanner Nypen ’15
The Brophy wrestling team begins their new season Nov. 26 in a match against three other schools.
“We will wrestle three matches, we will wrestle three different teams; Mountain Ridge, Pinnacle and Desert Mountain,” said head coach Mr. Jose Leyba ’94.
According to Mr. Leyba in his first year as head coach, the wrestling team has been practicing since last April via camps, summer school and practices earlier this year.
“We hope to have some state placers, medals, but every year the wrestling in Arizona gets more competitive,” Mr. Leyba said.
Manuel Trejo ’15 said the team has been constantly preparing for the new the season.
“We really don’t stop after the season is over, we have a small break, then post season, summer wrestling in June and we do tournaments and team camp,” Trejo said.
The length of these matches will all depend on who is wrestling.
The winner of the match is determined by a point system.
“Wrestlers can get up to six points for pinning their opponent, or they can play out the whole match and scoring more points,” Trejo said.
Schools will win the match by scoring the most points or winning the most matches.
According to Trejo, this year to wrestling team wants to fortify the team’s name on campus.
“The wrestling program at Brophy isn’t as well-known as football is or basketball is,” Trejo said. “We want to get as many people out there or get more wins, just get Brophy wrestling out there.”
According to Mr. Leyba, some other team goals are keeping everyone healthy, having some state placers and winning some medals.
“One of our rivals, Horizon, where our former head coach Frank went,… and I think our team is looking forward to wrestling against their old coach,” Mr. Leyba said. “That will be our second match of the season, and it should be an electric one.”