A winning team in the making
BY NADIA CHAHID ON DECEMBER 19, 2013
Wrestlers at Rose have been hard at work since early November in order to get in shape for the start of the new season. This season they are working towards having team members in all weight classes. They are also working on things such as conditioning, building team chemistry and perfecting techniques.
“For the first time in a long time, we can fill every weight class, which hasn’t been done at Rose in years,” coach Ray Bruno said.
Having team members in all weight classes is helpful to the team by allowing them to have more wrestlers participate and compete for more points. Some returning wrestlers include seniors Dylan Wainwright, Toi Smith, Bryson Carraway, James Wagner, sophomore Zachary Thomas and an experienced newcomer, freshman Jackson Sisk.
Jackson Sisk has been wrestling for eight years. He has been on club teams that wrestle around the nation.
“ My past experiences will allow me to bring new insights to the Rose team,” Sisk said.
Zachary Thomas has been wrestling since he was a freshman at Rose. Although he does not have a lot of experience, he was the most improved player on the team last year. Thomas says that the team has put in a lot of work for the season, and it's going to pay off.
Varsity wrestling started off their season with a win. Their first match was against South Lenoir at Rose on Nov. 25. The team beat South Lenoir with an overall score of
48-27. Carraway, Thomas, Sisk, Wagner and Wainwright won all of their individual matches. Coach Bruno says the team did well against matches against Pierce Davis and South Central. Their next match will be in Durham against South Innskip on Dec. 21.
In their last meet, both Thomas and Sisk placed. Thomas came in second and Sisk came in third in their select weight classes.
Some important goals for wrestling this year are to win their conference and make it to the State Championships.
Sophomore Brandon Pearson says that coach Bruno is able to motivate the team in ways that other coaches do not know how to.
“Coach Bruno always has a motivating speech for us and makes sure we are prepared,” Pearson said.
Coach Bruno has high expectations for the team and is excited to see the team build their skills and grow as a group.
"The rest of the season is looking bright for the team as long as they continue to work hard and stay with the team dynamic," coach Bruno says.