Wrestling: A Team Effort
This year’s Saxon wrestling team is off to a great start. Their key members are Tanner Stones ‘16, Vincent Villareal ‘16, and Ruben Rojas ‘16. Although these athletes are big scorers, it is still a team effort.
“People don’t really see it this way, but wrestling is probably one of the biggest team sports there is. One guy goes out and wrestles during the duel and then they’re done for the day, so really the whole team has to work hard to score points to win the duel,” Tyler Johnston ‘17 said. “One guy can’t win a whole duel, it’s a team effort.”
The Saxon wrestling team are a pretty young team, with freshmen filling in the varsity lineup. The Saxon wrestling team didn’t lose too many seniors last year, and most of their key wrestlers were juniors in the previous season.
“It takes dedication and willpower to be a wrestler,” Andrew Bromley ‘16 said.
“You have to able to take a beating,” Johnston said. “Aside from being tough, you have to be a good samaritan. As a student athlete, you have to be respectful and a fairly good student. There are strict rules on being able to participate in a school sport. If your coach hears anything bad about you from a teacher you’re benched or off the team all together. To be a wrestler, dedication and hard work doesn’t end as soon as you step off the mat.”
“Wrestlers really push themselves to make weight and a lot of them don’t drink any water until the match is over. They have to have a lot of determination to not crack and eat anything to make weight,” Allison Lonsdale, a stat girl for the team, said. “They work really hard, they wrestle pretty much everyday, they have practice everyday it’s a lot of work. To be a wrestler it takes a lot of determination, will power, and a little bit of stamina.” Being a wrestler can be mentally and physically demanding