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Wrestling team starts season strong

Tyler Dzioba, a freshman, and Micah Warner, a junior, spar during Wrestling practice. Photo by Taylor Wohlgemuth

The Bear River wrestling team is looking to pin down another winning season.

On January 10, Bear River faced off against Center and Foothill High School, winning both duels with respective scores of 47-27 and 72-12. With these being the first PVL face off, Bruin wrestlers are excited for the upcoming season.

Sophomore Aaron Stone was excited about the prospects coming in.

“I think it looks very promising this year,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of freshman coming in, we have quite a few returning football players who will be wrestling this year, so I think we’ve got a really good chance at winning league this year.”

Stone also spoke about the differences between this year’s team and last years’.

“Well, last year we only lost Noah Danieli and he was a fantastic wrestler, but we also gained quite a few really good wrestlers and lightweights,” Stone said. “(The coach) will come in and work with them, so I think we have a really good chance to replace, and even make better, the team that we had last year.”

Clayton Anderson, a junior, talked about what the team is doing to prepare their new wrestlers.

“We’re basically just going back to the basics and revamping everything, making sure we learn all the basic moves and getting everyone used to it,” Anderson said.

A new first year wrestler, Senior Lukas Brodie, thought the wrestling atmosphere was very different from his previous seasons of playing football.

“(Wrestling is) a lot harder, there’s a lot more conditioning in wrestling than football because it’s a constant, you’re constantly doing something, there’s no breaks,” Brodie said.

Brodie also elaborated about his first PVL wrestling experience at Bear River.

“The whole thing was pretty interesting, it was cool to be at home and wrestle another school,” Brodie said. “We won, so it was cool to win at home.”

Head Wrestling Coach Kevin Figeroua was very proud of his team after their double win.

“They’re all on a team, they’re all together, no one was straggling,” he said.  “Win or lose, they all took them under and we just cherry-picked on the score. One point, six points, three points and at the end, we won fairly well.”

Even though the team lost a star wrestler, Senior Travis Carpenter, due to a sudden expulsion, Coach Figeroua was not daunted for the rest of the season.

“He was one position of 14,” he said. “The person that is representing Travis’s spot is representing well, he’s undefeated.”

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