Wrestling team returns from winter break, seeks to defend District title

Positioning himself above his opponent, senior Alex Pankhurst attempts to push his opponent out of the ring.

Jack Wallace

While the rest of us sat back and enjoyed a winter break of leisure, the wrestling team had everything but rest. On Jan. 2 the team competed in the Texas Outlaw Tournament at Allen.

Finishing in fifth place, the Chaps managed to come out of the break ultimately successful considering their opposition.

“We did pretty well for only having nine wrestlers,” varsity wrestling coach Pat O’Harra said. “There were teams there from Missouri, Kansas and all over Texas. All of our guys wrestled really well at the tournament.”

The Chaps also hosted the Lunchroom Brawl on Jan. 14, wrestling Vista Ridge in the middle of the Chap Court during 4th and 5th lunches. Meanwhile, the cheerleaders went around asking for money to donate to the Special Olympics. The Chaps won 37-18, and the cheerleaders raised $175.

“Wrestling in front of everyone was both nerve wracking and exciting,” senior varsity wrestler Kevin Zarzana said. “It was great having everyone cheer us on especially whenever someone hit a big move.”

Despite some minor problems, the team is confident that they will be successful.

“We’re doing pretty well,” freshman varsity wrestler Bennett Cyler said. “There are a few teams better than us and we don’t have a full team, but I think we’re doing pretty well.”

The wrestling team has a lot to look forward to in the future, most notably the upcoming District meet on Feb. 5-6.

“We’re going to Houston this week for the Klein Hurricane Classic [on Jan. 16-17], then after that are the Reagan Duals [on Jan. 23-24] down in San Antonio,” O’Harra said. “After we have those tournaments we have a week break before we get to District, where we look forward to defending [our] District title from the last two years.”