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Wrestling team grasps for medals

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Senior Michael Aquino gives some advice to his younger brother, freshman Jordan Aquino during practice after being able to overpower Jordan in a short amount of time.

Senior Michael Aquino gives some advice to his younger brother, freshman Jordan Aquino during practice after being able to overpower Jordan in a short amount of time.

Caroline Foster

Caroline Foster

Senior Michael Aquino gives some advice to his younger brother, freshman Jordan Aquino during practice after being able to overpower Jordan in a short amount of time.

Asmaret Fissehaye, Writer

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The wrestling team does not just want to qualify for state tournaments but they want to bring back medals this season to show for their accomplishments.

“We have a few new teams and competitions new to our schedule this year,” head wrestling coach Ryan Lowry said. “We will be hosting three home duals in addition to our two day varsity tournament that is on Jan. 20 and 21.”

This  year there is a proposition to move away from wearing the traditional singlet for wrestling.

“However coaches across the country are making a push to allow for a new style of competition-wear besides a singlet, which is the only legal uniform currently,” Lowry said. “We are looking to allow for an MMA-style attire with a compression shirt and loose-fitting shorts to become legal competition attire in the next year or two.”

One of their goals from last year is to have a full varsity line-up.

“Our numbers are way up from last year but we are still looking for more of the 106-120 pound wrestlers,” Lowry said.  “We have around 48 wrestlers right now, which is much better than the 18 we ended with last year, but we could always use more.”

Lowry believes the wrestling team is doing better this season.

“We are off to a great start compared to last year,” Lowry said. “The guys are working hard to prepare for the first competition, the Oak Park JV on Saturday Nov. 26 and the Pleasant Hill Quad on Nov. 29  for varsity.”

People can support the wrestling team by purchasing merchandise.

“There will be new gear for sale in our online store,” Lowry said. “Be watching the student announcements or ask a wrestler for more on this.”

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