By Kimaia Gassner
The Beavers wrestling team matched up with Sunset last week with a sound victory resulting in a score of 43-23. As we go forward with districts as well as state, it looks like the Beavers will send a couple players to the state competition if they keep up the skills and techniques they showcased in their win against Sunset.
With a seasoned roster full of returners, the Beavers have managed to pull together a team that has lots of camaraderie. “There’s been a lot more team unison overall, when we break people out we all huddle together and say their last name- there’s just a lot more team support,” said Senior, Aaron Hall.
As the 106 weight classes started, the Beavers huddled together to shout the last name of Reeya Tamang, a freshman girl to start off the varsity match. For the first three quarters, it was seeming as though Tamang’s opponent had the upper hand. However, in the first 30 seconds of the third quarter, Tamang shot quick and pinned her partner for their first victory.
Following in the successive weight classes, Bryce Gardner, Trevor DeVault with a win by default, and Drew Fields all won their matches.
After a series of a couple of tough losses, Seniors Hall and Josh Burks picked up the pace again. Hall finished his match in less than a minute with a pin, while Burks extended out his match that had everyone on the edge of their seat.
During the first half of Burk’s match, neither athlete was able to shoot or take control during any part of the quarter. Entering the fourth quarter, the score 1-1 Burks’ opponent receives a foul for stalling, resulting in a point for Burks, the final score 2-1 and the Beavers win by decision.
In the upper weight classes, promising sophomore Sandrey Mitberg won by decision, and to finish the dual match, Ryan Turner won by default.
Overall, the wrestling team looks like it’s in good shape for districts in the following week and will hopefully send multiple athletes to state as they did last year.
“We have a pretty high chance of sending a good amount of people like we did last year, we have a lot of seniors and we’ve all really grown since our freshman year,” said Hall.
In the next week, the Beavers will send their athletes to compete in the district tournament against competitive schools like Century and Westview to fight for a spot in the state tournament.
Senior Evan Kepner shoots for a two-point takedown in a close match against the Apollos on January 18th. (Photo by Kimaia Gassner).