Olivia Berg/Staff Writer
The Kayhi wrestling team will be traveling to Wrangell this weekend. Kayhi will be competing against Wrangell, Juneau, Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe, Petersberg and Craig.
Prior to traveling, Wrangell requires that the teams receive negative covid tests due to wrestling being a high contact sport.
“We will be taking rapid covid tests here at Kayhi ahead of time to be cleared for travel,” said coach Collins. “But this week we had to take covid tests at the airport on Tuesday night after practice.”
Coach Collins said there was some confusion about where they were going to stay in Wrangell and if they would be allowed to leave the school or not.
“We will be staying in a hotel, but they don’t want us walking around town or going to any stores,” said coach Collins “We will be taking food so that we don’t have to go to the grocery store.”
Andy Collins, a senior on the Kayhi wrestling team has prepared for this tournament with some meal prepping.
“I precooked some steak and chicken for protein, and packed some sandwich stuff for long lasting energy,” said Andy Collins. “I will also be bringing gatorade for hydration as well as some fruit, protein bars, and nuts.”
Charlie Blair, also a senior on the team, said that he and Andy worked together to get all their food together for Wrangell.
“We cooked and packed our food together,” said Blair. “We have one big cooler with our snacks, and then a smaller one inside to make sure our meat stays cold.”
Coach Collins said that his goal is to keep improving each tournament and that they are trying to get better and better throughout the season.
“We were rusty last weekend,” said coach Collins. “Most kids have had over a year off from wrestling so it’s just a work in progress.”