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Memorial wrestler tackling his opponent ftom Sante Fe

Memorial wrestler tackling his opponent ftom Sante Fe

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Memorial wrestler tackling his opponent ftom Sante Fe

Amelia Bond, Memorial Staff Writer

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      On Jan. 9,  Memorial’s wrestling team suited up to compete against the other two Edmond schools to kick off their season at the annual Three Dog Night. The lineup for the tournament included 14 matches, in which Memorial defeated Sante Fe and improved from last year when competing against North.

   With new staff members added to the team and one of the key wrestlers out for the season due to an arm injury, the team has had quite the shake up this year, but they are still managing to keep their spirits high and work harder than ever.

   “You can’t dwell on the unfortunate things that happen,” head coach Albert White said. “The team just needs to continue to focus on the upcoming season.”

   The competition this year is mainly on the individual level, with each teammate having a different challenge and goal.

   “In terms of competition, I think if every wrestler performs to the best of their abilities, that will help the team as a whole,” White said.

   Junior Kyle Knowles began preparing for his first match by taking time outside of practice to train and work on his endurance. To avoid an injury Knowles thoroughly stretches before each match and practice.

   “I try to run as much as I can to prepare for my matches,” Knowles said. “Running also helps me with my wrestling moves.”

  Sophomore Cruz Aguilar is also very aware of the current injuries inflicting the team this season and says that the team has to step up and continue to do their best.

   “To do my best in tournaments I usually take my time warming up and making sure my muscles are loose,” Aguilar said.

   Upcoming tournaments are scattered throughout the end of this month with District duals happening on Jan. 25 and Senior Night at Norman North on Jan 30. However, the main focus for the team this year is the State Tournament that will take place on Feb. 23 and 24; where every wrestler is looking forward to showing off their moves. Overall, the wrestling team is confident in their skills this year and are working hard to achieve their goals.  

 

Contact Amelia Bond at [email protected] 

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