Wrestling takes third at first tournament

Senior Marshall Wilson in his wrestling stance against Lone Jack.

As the wrestling season continues, the team is also continuing to make improvements. So far the team has had duals at Clinton, Lexington, and at home. The team earned a place in its first tournament at Knob Noster on the Dec. 6 and was pleased with a third-place finish.

At Knob, Freshman Dallas Larsen placed first in the 106 weight class and junior Michael Bryson placed first in the 220 weight class. Senior Kyle Goodsell placed second in the 195 weight class and junior Craig DeWitt placed second in the 285 weight class. Senior Gabe Atwood placed third in the 113 weight class.

First year wrestler senior Jake Freeman has already seen some improvements in the team since the season started. Freeman thinks that because they have so many first year wrestlers that it is tough to take on teams with more experience.

“ All of the returning wrestlers help the new guys to get stuff done right at practice and really focus on good sportsmanship and never let anyone slack off, they keep us new guys working,” Freeman said.

Seniors Kyle Goodsell, Marshall Wilson and Michael Bryson are all returning to the team after wrestling previous years. Goodsell placed second at the Knob Noster tournament.  Goodsell has seen improvement with the new wrestlers already in the season.

“Having so many first timers definitely makes it harder to win duels, however, they all have heart and want to learn and get better and I think that is really cool,” said Bryson.

With so many new faces on the team the seniors try to set an example for the new team members.

“I have to be the example for them, I have to show them what it really means to be a wrestler and I have to push myself that much harder so they can see what it takes to be successful,” Bryson said.

I knew coming into the season it was going to be a learning experience for not only the first year wrestlers but for the older guys too, and I was excited to see people coming out for the sport that all of us older guys have grown to love

— Senior Kyle Goodsell