By Logan D.
Cougar News Blog
Cactus Canyon’s wrestlers have grappled their way into a new season, with two wins against Desert Wind and one against Mountain Vista.
This year there are about 25 wrestlers on the squad. They are working hard every day to be better. Coach David Smith is pushing his wrestlers to work harder and to improve their technique as they attempt to win their fourth consecutive Desert Middle School Athletic League title.
“We’ve had some bumps in the road, but we are still working in the direction we need to go in,” said Smith.
Coach Smith said he is blessed to have great coaches helping him with the squad, and feels lucky to also to have his family so closely involved with the team. He wants his athletes to know they can control their bodies and even their destinies by overcoming adversity.
“I want my wrestlers to come to practice every day ready to learn,” said Coach Smith.
Eighth grader Thomas Long was the DMSAL champion in his class last year, and he is looking to do the same again this year.
“My strategy for winning matches is to stay in position, and work the basics nothing fancy,” said Long.
Even successful people do not win every time. Smith wants his wrestlers to build a little bit every day and to take baby steps.
“Many baby steps lead to huge accomplishments, If you stop crawling you will never learn to walk,” said coach Smith.
The next match for the Cougars will be Saturday, April 19, at Apache Junction High School.