As the new 2017 season begins, our male Ranger wrestlers are preparing for the tough matches and duals to come. This year’s team is full of goals, hopes, dreams, and a lot of young energy. The team is making sure to remain focused and determined throughout the next couple months in hopes of an excellent season.
These Ranger wrestlers have a few upcoming matches before winter break begins. The boys have a Rumble for the Rig on December 2nd @ Bakersfield High, a Varsity-Clovis Invite on the 9th @ Clovis West, a Frosh/Soph-Woodlake Invite on the 9th @ Woodlake High, and a dual on the 13th @ Mission Oak.
A few of the Ranger wrestlers have set goals, for themselves and for the team, for this upcoming season. Eddie Maldonado, ‘18, says, “ My goals for this year is to win WYL, for both JV and Varsity to take the title, to have the majority of Varsity move onto State Championships, and to be a team to be ranked overall in state”. Daniel Alcala, ‘18, says, “My goal is to go undefeated in all duals this year”. Jaron Sullivan, ‘19, says, “As a team we need to work harder than last year, so we are able to achieve our personal and team goals this season”.
To achieve these goals, our Ranger wrestlers will have to “grind hard day in and day out to get better”, says Maldonado. The men’s wrestling team agrees that the more work you put in, the more you get out of it.
Some of the wrestlers described their weekly practices as vigorous and challenging, not only physically but mentally. It is also required that the teammates have a lot of heart for the sport. Coaches prepare each wrestler well for their matches because they work them out hard enough so they are ready for whoever they are up against.
Lorenzo De La Cruz, ‘18, a varsity team member, has been a part of the sport ever since he was very young. De La Cruz says, “I have been wrestling ever since I remember. My dad was my first coach when I was 5 years old and has shown me the ins and outs of the sport. Ever since then, I have loved wrestling. I have played other sports in the past, but nothing compares to wrestling. I have a lot of love and passion for this sport. I am excited for this upcoming season because we have a lot of tournaments to compete in coming up, and I hope as a team we make it to state”. Although De La Cruz has been set back, due to a recent ACL injury, he is fighting to get better and taking it one step at a time.
Make sure to go out and support our Ranger wrestlers in their upcoming matches!