By Jonah Rosenbaum
Despite a team composed of several young, inexperienced underclassmen and newcomers, the wrestling team qualified eight wrestlers to compete in CIF.
“Considering where we were at the beginning of the season, eight kids going to CIF is an incredible accomplishment,” Tennyson Turner â10 said.
CIF is this Friday, where a strong showing could lead to some of the wrestlers advancing to the state tournament.
“We have worked really hard and weâre in a good position to do well at CIF. Obviously we all want to win and we are capable of doing that. At the very least we want to be able to walk out and be able to say that we left it all on the mat,” Turner said.
“As for state, our hopes mostly rely on Nick Truer â10 and Ben Kogan â11 who have been consistent, dominant forces for us this whole year,” Turner said.
Turner also said the teamâs response to the injury of key senior Patrick Newman was a pivotal point in the season.
“Losing Patrick was a huge blow, his work ethic was contagious and he was such a talented wrestler. At the same time, everyone has stepped up in his absence and he has taken on a new role. He has become like a second coach for the team, watching practices and games and giving us advice. Itâs been invaluable,” Turner said.