By Thayne Jackson
The new sports season has started at Cactus Canyon and one of the school’s 2010-11 championship teams is ready to defend its title. The Cougar wrestlers opened with a 51-28 win over Hohokam March 28.
Last year, the CCJH wrestling team made it to, and won the league championships. They aim for the same goal again this year. A few of the starters from last year – Mike Uehling, Casey Smith, Trevin Balzer, and Cameo Transue are returning.
Coach David Smith is ready to help his team reach that goal and become better wrestlers.
“As always I am excited about teaching the sport of excitement for whatever they are trying to achieve.”
Wrestling began on Monday March 19. There not as many wrestlers this year as there were last year and only eight of the 18 weight classes are filled. Students interested in wrestling are encouraged to join the team.
Returning wrestlers are looking forward to being mentors for the newer ones.
“I am very excited for this season,” said eighth grader Trevin Balzer. “A lot of newcomers are coming into the room, and I can definitely say some of them need work, but they got the heart to get it done.”
There are high expectations for this year’s wrestling season, both for team and individual growth.
“If every person could spend one season in a wrestling room during the course of their life they would learn so much about themselves and what they are able to achieve,” Smith said.