Wrestling is one of the most unpredictable sports that has been around for a very long time.
“I think we’re doing pretty well considering we’re a young team and inexperienced,” sophomore wrestler Claye Howard said. “We’re starting to understand what going to war is like and competing as a team.”
Although there are many underclassmen on the team this year, third-year coach Mr. Nick Flynn returns many past athletes to include 2016 regional champion, Joseph Irwin and Khalil Austin, who placed fourth at state during the 2015-2016 season.
“We’re doing really well this year,” sophomore wrestler Joseph Irwin said. “We got a lot of new guys, but they’re learning fast and they work hard while showing persistence.”
With this abundance of underclassmen, making the transition from middle school to high school, they seem to be putting in all their efforts towards the team.
“It’s different because there are a lot more competitors and a lot more competition,” freshman wrestler Cooper Jones said. “Competition can be a lot older. I think that the team has been doing very good. We have done a good job with waking hard on and off the mat.”
The Lions have attended a total of 3 duals and 3 tournaments this season. They did not attend the Emporia Invitational and the Bobcat Classic, because of the dangerous weather.
“The season is going pretty well, we have very many underclassmen that have stepped up and filled big spots,” junior wrestler Tyler Williams said.
Here’s a list of all the tournament and duals they have attended so far.
- 11/22 – Red/White Scrimmage
- 11/30 – Gardener-Egerton Dual
- 12/3- Leavenworth Challenger
- 12/17- Emporia Invitational CANCELED
- 1/4 – Blue Valley Southwest Dual
- 1/7 – Topeka Seaman Invitational
- 1/13-14 – Bobcat Classic CANCELED
- 1/28 – Shawnee Mission North Tournament
“I think we will do well. We have two home duals coming up and I believe that we will be able to pull through with the win,” senior team captain James Schafer said. “And I think we will have most of our varsity team qualifying for state [this year], with some of them placing.”