Grapplers seek to defend league title



As a new season starts, the grapplers prepare to show their rising potential at the Downey Individual Tournament Dec. 19.

The Spartans have had a long list of victories, starting with the forfeited meet against the San Gabriel Matadors Dec. 17. The grapplers won with against the Bell Eagles Dec. 10; JV won 36-18, and varsity won 49-21. At their first dual meet Dec. 4, the Spartans won against the Whittier Cardinals with scores of 48-15 and 45-36, for varsity and JV, respectively.

“I feel pretty good; this would be my first season being a head coach and I’m beginning to learn about them [the team],” said Coach Caleb Smith. “We’ve come a long way, and yet we still have a lot to work out. I’m looking forward to a great season with them.”

The Downey Duals Tournament Dec. 6 consisted of five rounds, in which each division competed. Of the five rounds, varsity won two and lost three.

“This season, the girls have three returners and three rookies,” stated Coach Jay Valencia. “It’s kind of early to tell [how the team will do], but I feel we’ll be strong and I suspect a good year.”

As the pressure of competition arises, the grapplers build their strength to be able to conquer their rivals on the mats. Each dual meet and tournament before league competition will give the Spartans time to build their skills.

“I believe the team is capable of winning league again. The team is new and fresh and they have proved that they are ready to take on the challenge and fight,” said junior David Torres.

The dual meets and tournaments offer the grapplers a way to gain experience for league.

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