By Jack Macias ’14
With the start of the wrestling season closing in, coach Mr. Brad Frank is doing all he can to get his athletes ready for competition.
“A typical practice will last about two and a half hours,” Mr. Frank said, with warm ups and conditioning included.
“In the long run, at the end of the season, all those two and a half hour practices paid off,” Mr. Frank said.
Last season 10 of the 12 varsity members who wrestled at sectionals were invited to the state championship meet.
Marshall Varner ’13 attained second place in the 145 pound weight class, Justin Robles ’11 achieved fourth place in the 130 pound class and Connor Devereux ’11 received sixth place in the 140 pounds class.
The average wrestling practice consists of warm up, different moves and scenarios for wrestling, then conditioning at the end of practice.
“The atmosphere (in the wrestling room) is very work-oriented,” Mr. Frank added, who has been the head varsity coach for six years.
“If their goal is to be a state champion, they have to practice like that,” Mr. Frank said when asked why the practice takes so long.
Wrestlers said the recognize why that preparation is necessary.
“They work us harder than any other coaches, and they prepare us for what no other coach prepares for,” said varsity wrestler Tanner Olhausen ’14.
Kiernan Bates ’12 said the end goal is realized one step at a time.
“You have a goal, and you have to work every day to achieve that goal,” Bates said.
Bates and Austin Schmidt ’12 are two wrestlers that Mr. Frank said were the leaders of the wrestling squad this year.
“Austin is very positive, he is always trying to motivate kids, giving them positive comments. Kiernan is more of a high energy type,” Mr. Frank said.
Bates wrestles in the 160 lbs. weight class.
“We want to do really well at state; we have a lot of really good wrestlers,” Bates said when asked about his expectations for the team.
Along with Bates, Mr. Frank also has high expectations, and said he believes his team will be and to compete against top programs.