Wrestling grapples with powerhouse teams

The wrestling team kicks off its season Thursday night at home against Lake Highlands.

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The wrestling team kicks off its season Thursday night at home against Lake Highlands.

Kasey Harvey, Sports Editor

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On Thursday afternoon, wrestling sets up for its first dual starting at 5:30 p.m. against Lake Highlands, finishing second in the district last year, and Justin Northwest at home.

“Well tonight we have two powerhouse teams coming in,” head wrestling coach Cody Bridwell said. “We have Lake Highlands. That’s always been a 6A perennial powerhouse and they’ve always been consistently strong. They’re coming in to test where they are. They have a new coach and they’re going to do very well. Then we have Justin Northwest coming in and we’re going to see some really good matches tonight. Depending on how thing work out we could possibly see a state finals rematch tonight. We are having to play it by ear but either way our team is going to see some high caliber competition.”

Girls were state runner ups in 2017 as they hope to defend their title this season.

“It’s three teams going against each other,” sophomore Megan Weidenbach said. “I know the guys are going to have to go up against Lake Highlands and that’s a really heavily anticipated dual. For the girls, I’m just expecting us to get out there and get after it because it is our first dual. We just want to do our very best and prove that we’re still the best state runner ups in the state. So I’ve been working really hard with all the older girls and they’ve been teaching me a lot of new moves and takedowns, shots so I’m really excited to work those in a live match.”