Wrestling preseason is already in full swing for the 10-time defending Region V champs. Senior Patrick Rauwolf took 2nd in state last year and is looking for revenge.
“A few of us have gone to wrestling camps,” said Rauwolf. “We’ve also been in the weight room and on the mats a few times for pre season. A lot of the kids have been running to help keep their cardio up as well.”
Every Tuesday and Wednesday, the Kings meet at the high school to condition and practice with one another. Senior Brayden Linne was selected as the most outstanding wrestler at regionals last year, and 17 people qualified for the state competition. Matthew Rodriguez, who won state his sophomore year, did not perform up to his potential last year. As his senior year approaches, Rodriguez plans to win his second state title threw hard work and dedication.
“I want to give it my all. I’ve made some mistakes in past years, and want to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” said Rodriguez. “I am on a low carb diet, and am making sure I run at least 5 times a week. I currently weigh 140 and I’m going to be dropping down to the 125 weight class.”
Senior Brandon Wieber, a 2x region champion, is looking forward to the returning members competing for a state title.
“We have a bunch of seniors that I believe will place in state,” said Wieber. “Last year, we didn’t have a state champion, and I think this is the year for that to happen.”
The team also has some young guys joining the team, and are getting a nod from the older seniors.
“The season is looking good,” said Patrick Rauwolf. “A few freshmen that have come up have potential.”
The Kings first wrestling meet will be on the 12th and 13th of Oct. at Petersburg.