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Wrestling team prepares for rigorous schedule, Prep Slam

Photo by Bryce Owen ’17 | Mr. Wayne Catan practices stances with the wrestling team Nov 7.

Chris Agnone ’18

Since August, the wrestling team has been training and preparing for a rigorous schedule and out of state tournaments with new captains and new wrestlers.

The seasons started Nov. 1 and will run into March with the state tournament.

The varsity squad has six returning leaders for this year.

Many wrestlers have been training all year long, but there are quite a few new wrestlers looking to fill spots.

Head wrestling coach Mr. Wayne Catan said he scheduled a tough season to help team grow and to challenge the varsity team to prepare for state.

“I asked to schedule the two toughest teams in Arizona, which are Ironwood Ridge out of Tucson and Sunnyside High School, who is No. 1 this year,” Mr. Catan said.

The team is scheduled for the Prep Slam in Atlanta, which is a tournament for all of the top college preparatory wrestling teams.

“I want the guys to get some exposure before we get to the state championships at the end of the year,” Mr. Catan said.

The four captains this year are Brian Olmedo ’17Luke Jacobs ’18Brogan Smith ’18 and Gabe de la Roca ’18.

Some other leaders are Jacob Robles ’19 and Max Treacy ’18, who are also expected to do quite well this year.

“I expect our team to be one of the most prepared teams this year,” Jacobssaid. “We have been working really hard off and on season.”

Many of the wrestlers said they compete in freestyle tournaments over the summer to keep up their stamina and skills.

“We will be ready for whatever competition we face this year,” Jacobs said.

The first match was Nov. 22.