Wrestling team adapts to new season



The 2019-20 wrestling team poses in a pre-pandemic environment

The RHS Wrestling team is in a season unlike any other sport in which they must undergo rapid Covid testing the day before each meet.
Unlike a lot of other sports, they don’t have to wear masks while they wrestle because it would be difficult if the opponent grabbed your mask and wouldn’t be fair.
However, they practice with masks on and when they aren’t on the mat they try to stay away from each other to follow as many rules as possible.
“The plan for this season is to really try and not let all the restrictions rattle us and to just try and roll with the punches.” junior Xavier Byrne in weight class 152 said.
Everyday before practices they have to fill out the Covid form put together by the school to make sure they don’t have any symptoms.
“Not knowing if we would get a season really messed with me physically and mentally because when we found out last minute we were having a season I had to get myself prepared to make sure I was in my weight class and make sure I was mentally ready for this year,” sophomore Zach Fritz in weight class 119 said.
They are only having one month of regular wrestling season and then they are going to go into a postseason to make up for all the time missed.
“This is uncharted territory because none of us have had a season like this before, but I dealt with the same rules and restrictions for football so it’s a little easier for me than others,” Byrne said.
Coach Greene and Coach Carpenter are the two head coaches and they have been working with the team to get the best out of them and even with Covid, give them their season.
“We lost a lot of people due to Covid and it has been hard because we lost a lot of our good wrestlers, but we still have a strong team and we have high hopes for our short season.” Byrne said.
They have league meets every Thursday and non-conference meets on Saturdays.
They also have a meet at Allen Park on February 18 and a meet at Lakeview on the 20.
So far they are 5-0 and have won two meets at home and three at Allen Park.
“This season is going to be tough because we lost our two state qualifiers who graduated, two of our best wrestlers due to Covid, a transfer and others to injury. We are still a strong team but it is getting tough because we lost the opportunity to be the first to go to states in school history,” Byrne said.