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Freshman Jacob Olson and Sione Halo Wrestling Off

Freshman Jacob Olson and Sione Halo Wrestling Off

Freshman Jacob Olson and Sione Halo Wrestling Off

Freshman Jacob Olson and Sione Halo Wrestling Off

Micah Truman

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It’s that time of the year when Kamiakin wrestlers unroll the mats, eat their last good meal, and dream of state titles.  Wrestling is the only legal combat sports allowed in high school and the season is just beginning. The beginning of the season means different things to different student athletes. For the freshmen it’s getting over scared feelings and for the senior it could be about avenging last year’s losses.

Every wrestler’s dream is to get their hand raised at the end of every match. Every wrestler is working hard toward their goals in the wrestling room, which could be winning a state title, or even just wrestling one match in high school.

Wrestling has a rich and long history. It was one of the first Olympic games in ancient Greece. It’s a really old sport.

This season is fast approaching. Their first match was supposed to be Thursday Dec. 3 but it was cancelled because of the weather. Coach Jordan Anderson is very excited about the season. They have 50 plus kids on the roster this year.

Until the first match, practice means drills, drills, and more drills. The typical wrestling practice consists of conditioning, then technique and then live wrestling after that. We always have to go at a high pace because we need to train harder and faster than everyone else. The best thing about practice is that you bond with your team and it makes you have memories that will last you the rest of your life. The worst thing about the first weeks of practice is punishing muscles and the soreness. Practice always ends the same way for Kamiakin wrestlers, on the weight scale.

Unlike back in the day, weight and body fat is more carefully controlled by the Washington State Athletics. In the old days, wrestlers used to wear garbage bags, sauna suits, and other dangerous things to lose lots of weight fast. These days, wrestlers can expect to take urine tests to make sure they are hydrated and then body fat checked. This rule is no more than two pounds a week and nothing under seven percent of body fat.  Making weight is hard as a wrestler, but at least they’re taking steps to making it less dangerous.

The team could use school support as the season begins, and they would love to see fans attend their meets to cheer them on.

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