By Bobby Bauders
Cougar News Blog
Cougar wrestlers started the season off with two wins against Maricopa Wells and Desert Wind, a good start to their ultimate goal of winning their third consecutive championship.
Wrestling coach David Smith has seen about 40-45 athletes try out and currently has about 37 on the roster.
“Typically we do not cut athletes,” Smith said. “We need 18 guys to fill all our weight classes.”
Smith says that Andrew Greyeagle, P.J. Galvan, Patrick Allison, Alex Ivy, Peni Latuselu, Chris Bourland, and Zane Bolton had great seasons last year. Brandon Delatorre, Reid Machajewski, Jose Castillo, Gabe Marquez, Julian Blakeman, Chase McFadden, Connor Dry, and Ryan Matthes all show great promise this year.
“I look at all the guys in the room from Austin Evans to Dylan Zimmerman,” said Smith, “and they all have very good qualities.”
The wrestling team is going for a “three-peat” this year, seeking a third consecutive championship. CCJH’s opponents are Maricopa Wells, Desert Wind, Hohokam, and Mountain Vista. Smith feels no pressure at all.
“Quite honestly I try not to measure success by wins and losses,” said Smith.
Smith says the major areas the team needs to work on is technique. Wrestling isn’t a mainstream sport, so it’s hard to find a place to practice.
“We will need to to teach, teach, teach as much as we can and hope for the best,” said Smith.