Varsity Wrestling team prepares for season in hopes of returning to states

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Wyandotte wrestler attempts to pin Flat Rocks wrestler to the ground in a 2020-2021 season competition.

After losing around 5 players from last year’s squad, the varsity wrestling team has high hopes for this season after a state final appearance last year.
“This year we have some big goals, we finished last year with our first trip to the state Finals,” varsity wrestling coach Brett Greene said, “Our starting line-up along with our incoming freshman, we have a great opportunity to be able to return to State Finals.”
Greene mentions that the plan this year is to take every opportunity that comes the team’s way and to get the team into the state championship again.
“Last year we had the best season in school history; I mean, from an achievement standpoint, we went to states for the first time in school history,” senior team captain Xavier Byrne said.
According to Byrne (152 lb weight class), the team this year has big shoes to fill. He thinks that the team will develop nicely and the team will be just as good or better by the time postseason comes around. With less COVID restrictions, the team may benefit this season.
“We have way less COVID restrictions and everything so we will get to have a full season,” junior wrestler Zachary Fritz (135 lb weight class) said.
Bryne mentions how Covid restrictions last year was a difficult struggle. With mask mandates and low numbers, wrestling was hard to perform safely due to it being a contact sport. Nonetheless, new challenges begin to appear this season.
“The biggest challenges this year will be that we are stepping up our schedule and we will see tougher competition than in the past. Also with Covid, it will be staying healthy,” Greene said.
According to Fritz, a struggle will be competing with Woodhaven. They have always been their biggest competition and he feels they will be able to beat them this year. While Bryne believes the struggle this year will be five months of conditioning and 40 matches in a year which is something the team is not used to.
“It’s gonna be different this year, for sure, but I feel like we always find a way to stick it out. So we’ll adjust for sure,” Bryne said.