Wrestlers look to overcome injuries, achieve goals

Each Brophy wrestler exemplifies intense physical training every day in the wrestling room of Loyola Hall.

After practice, the wrestlers can be seen weak and drenched in sweat due to their work outs because of their goal to succeed.

“If we peak as a team by the time February comes when the state tournament is held we should be right up there with the best teams in the state,” said Connor Devereux ’11.

The Broncos have not only practiced hard, but have found some success on the mat.

Wrestling team hopes to grapple its way to team, individual wins

By Julian De Ocampo ’13

In ancient mythology, wrestling was the sport of champions, an ancient competition of just how far one could push the body.

The Brophy wrestling team continues the proud tradition into the 2010-2011 season with returning players and fresh new members.

“We just started but we’ve got a lot of excitement about this group. They worked really hard over the summer and accomplished a lot,” said wrestling coach Mr. Brad Frank. “There are a lot of solid varsity returners so we have high expectations.”

Wrestling captain Ruelas pins opponents down 4 years straight

Varsity wrestler Tadeo Ruelas ’10 has been wrestling since the eighth grade when he fell in love with WWE style wrestling, and he wanted to try it out for himself.

One could say he was confused when he didn’t see this type of “show” wrestling when he stepped onto the mat.

At one point in his eighth grade season he asked his coach, “When are we gonna start hitting with chairs?”

Wrestlers bring back state champion

Senior wrestler Tadeo Ruelas ’10 became Brophy wrestling’s first state champion in his 130-pound weight class at the state wrestling championships at Arizona State University Feb. 17.

“It couldn’t happen to a better kid,” said Coach Mr. Matt Gaimari. “He’s really worked hard and deserves everything he has accomplished.”

In the championship match, Ruelas beat an opponent he had lost to twice already this year, adding another state title after placing fifth as both a sophomore and junior.

Bronco wrestlers place high at state tournament

Senior wrestler Tadeo Ruelas ’10 earned an individual state champion title at 130 pounds Feb. 18, becoming the first Brophy wrestler to ever place at state three times in his career.

Ruelas placed fifth as a sophomore, fifth as a junior and most recently placed first. He is also just the second state champion in the history of Brophy wrestling.

Nine Broncos qualified for state, according to Head coach Mr. Brad Frank, and five of them won individual medals.

Wrestling offers unique history, sports experience

“Allow me to reintroduce myself.”

Jay-Z’s demand reverberated through the gym as Brophy’s varsity wrestlers jogged out onto the mat Jan. 7 to face off against the Chandler Wolves.

In attendance were a handful of freshmen and J.V. wrestlers, several alumni, the wrestlers’ families, Fr. Eddie Reese, S.J., and his dog Archie.

Wrestling team ‘guarantees’ state champions with performance at Peoria and Deer Valley

Kevin Malloy ’12, down by one in the final seconds of the match, pinned his opponent for two points to win fifth place in the 145 pound weight class at the Peoria High School Tournament of Champions Saturday night, Jan. 9.

Malloy, newly transferred from Pinnacle High School, was one of four who placed at “the toughest tournament in the state” and helped the team to rank 10th overall.

Wrestling starts season with top placers

As the weather begins to cool, the wrestling room is heating up.

The Broncos’ wrestling team started this season placing first, second and fifth at the Deer Valley tournament in December.

They also took first place in the Jerry Benson Invitational during the Dec. 12-13 weekend.