‘Rines wrestling plans to sting Damascus Hornets at home today

Kevin Finn, Lenard Clarke, and Briana Pasion

Wolverine wrestling looks to attack the Damascus Hornets today, and continue with the winning mentality they had during their tournament at Walter Johnson High School January 8 and 9. The match is here, at the Mill, so all of orange nation should come out to support!

‘Rines wrestling went 4-4 as a team last Friday and Saturday at Walter Johnson High School. Sophomore Clint Okoli and Senior Miguel Carreno-Vega III both won seven of their eight matches. Junior Favio Quintanilla won six out of his eight matches. “It was our best match so far this year,” junior Christian Forku Tchoffo said. “We seemed confident.”

The ‘Rines suffered a tough loss to the Richard Montgomery Rockets January 6. Although the ‘Rines couldn’t leave with a team win, there were a few individual wrestlers who left Richard Montgomery High School with a win. Carreno-Vega, Okoli and Quintanilla all won their individual matches.

The wrestling team also underwent a rough loss against the Blair Blue Devils on December 22. “That match, we gave up like five forfeits [because] we were just missing a bunch of people with break, so that one we got crushed,” coach Josh Halper added. Although the team sometimes faces adversity, they fight through no matter what the circumstances.

The team currently has a problem with their players, or lack thereof. The team is missing people in certain weight classes, so they have to forfeit for some weights and therefore lose points. “I think that [affected] us as a team because it was [a] really close score, but I think if we didn’t have those forfeits… we would’ve won the match,” Quintanilla added.

‘Rines wrestling may have a problem with not being able to fill up all of the weight classes, but they still fight hard every day to try and come out with a win. Junior Anthony Larios wrestles up two weight classes to keep his team competitive and also, to keep himself and his team, working hard.

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