Wrestlers look to overcome injuries, achieve goals

Photo by Rob March '11 - Kevin Molloy '11 pins his opponent Jan. 19.

By Michael Moroney ’13

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.

In December, the team won the Buckeye Dual Classic, tallying 201.5 points and defeating second place Westview by almost 13 points. Nine of 10 Brophy competitors won individual medals.

Marshall Varner ’13 was an individual winner for the 145-pound weight class along with Sean Walborn ’12 in the 119-pound weight class. Also, Devereux finished second in the 135-pound weight class.

At the Deer Valley High School Tournament, the Broncos finished 4-2 in pool dual meets. Varner finished first individually, Devereux second in his weight class, Walborn second and Austin Schmidt ’12 finished fifth.

The Broncos have experienced bad luck as well, with injuries to key players such as Andy Nieto ’11 and Varner. These injuries have hurt the team’s record but as Devereux explained, the team needs to get healthy to finish their best.

“We seem to always have one or more varsity guys out at a time with various injuries.  So, it has been a struggle this season,” said head coach Mr. Brad Frank.

Looking ahead, the Broncos have the Wrestling Sectional Tournament on Feb. 4 and 5. Depending upon who qualifies, the team has the Individual State Tournament on Feb. 10 and 11.