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Wrestling team works on safety feature

A day of team building; no pun intended

Amber Murray, Co-copy editor

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On the morning of December 23, the wrestling team began construction, after 10 hours of work and countless pieces of plywood they had finished building a sub-floor.

A sub-floor works as a shock absorber so that there is more between the wrestlers and the concrete. Before this project there was little between them, spare a few inches of foam.

“We are making the sub-floor to make it a little bit safer for the wrestlers. Before we just had little strips of foam protecting us, but lately we’ve had guys injured from being slammed into the mats so making the subfloor, makes the room safer,” senior Cody Carter said.

The subfloor is made of plywood and foam blocks spaced evenly across each plywood section. The subfloor allows for shock absorption whenever wrestlers are thrown onto the matts.

The wrestling team created the subfloor themselves, instead of buying sections.

“Even if we could have bought one, building it would have been more fun. It is bringing the team together, it’s fun, and we get to play with foam blocks. I wanted to make a foam pit but coach said no,” Carter said.

The team also cleaned the stairways leading down to the wrestling room, because not all of them could work on the sub-floor at the same time.

Overall, according to the wrestlers this was a productive and fun day for the team.

Senior Cody Carter and freshman Clayton Camacho apply pressure to adhere the foam blocks to the plywood on Dec. 23 in the wrestling room.

Photo by Amber Murray
Senior Cody Carter and freshman Clayton Camacho apply pressure to adhere the foam blocks to the plywood on Dec. 23 in the wrestling room.

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