Wrestling faces late season challenges


Shreyas Viswanathan

The wrestling teams faced late season challenges on Wednesday winning two out of three of their duals, but dropped some key matches. The team is looking towards the Coyote Classic on Saturday, where they hope to redeem themselves.

Haley Ward, Sports Editor

The wrestling teams hit a road bump on Wednesday winning two out of three of their duals, but dropped some key matches.

“Wednesday was a battle,” co-head coach Justin Koons said. “The first dual we went up against Independence, and they are a very tough and well coached team. It was the most competitive dual of the night for us as it came down to a couple matches that gave us a win. Emerson is a second year program that is still building and had a handful of holes in their line up that allowed us to win 11 of the 13 weight classes and the dual. We finished the night against Heritage losing and dropping three key swing matches that could possibly be district finals matches.”

Senior James Ethan Harris is looking towards the Coyote Classic on Saturday where he hopes for redemption.

“Even though we won two out of the three duals, the matches didn’t go our way,” Harris said. “We weren’t focused as a team and we weren’t wrestling like we usually do. It was upsetting and we hope to go out and fix it this weekend at the Coyote Classic.”

Similarly to Harris, Koons is looking for improvement when the team hits the mat again.

“The night didn’t go as expected,” Koons said. “We found ourselves down in matches throughout the night in all three duals that put pressure on us in those matches. Facing three district opponents two weeks before the district tournament can be a little stressful with the impact that it can have on seeding. We expected more out of our team but will have a second chance this weekend.”