Working on wrestling

As the season kicks off, the varsity wrestling team gets a strong start



Nathaniel Wirch prepares to wrestle his opponent from Antioch during a varsity meet on Nov. 23 at Libertyville High School.

Mackenzie Sroka, Sports Editor

As the last varsity match of the night is won by the McHenry Varsity Wrestling team, it secures the match win for MCHS. The wins have been adding up for the wrestling team, which has been proving their determination to reach success this season. 

The wrestling team has had nine meets so far this season. They have lost two and won seven, which they have entered a winning streak the past four meets. This has put the team into a good position for success going forward in the season.

“We have had a strong start to the season,” stated James Buss, a wrestling coach. “We have had multiple wrestlers ranked in the state along with the team having its highest ranking at #10 at the start of the season.”

Each wrestler has reached their own individual success and as a team, and plan to continue to push themselves throughout the season.

“The beginning of the season has been going well for me,” explained Jesus Saavedra, a varsity wrestler, “I think the team has started off on the right note, but overall I think we’re doing good as a team because we really push ourselves during practice.”

By pushing themselves everyday during practice, the wrestlers have learned a work ethic that the coaches want to be accomplished for every meet and practice.

“The goal for the season that I have set for the athletes on our team is to win the day,” described Buss. “That means if you have practice, you give everything you can during that practice and leave nothing in the gas tank. If we have a meet,the goal is to go out and wrestle the hardest that we can for six minutes. If we can do that, you won that day.”

As the season progresses, the wrestlers have set goals for themselves and the team that they want to accomplish. 

“The biggest goal that I have for this season is to be a state placer and finish my season with 40 or more wins,” stated Pedro Jimenez, a varsity wrestler. “As a team we want to win the all conference title and beat Huntley.”

The varsity wrestling team continues to move forward in their season, they are working to learn and grow as a team and individually.