We have stated that wrestling is primarily an individual sport, however, it also has a tremendous team bonding concept. Individually, you have to push yourself physically and more importantly mentally, to get the most out of yourself. Individually, you have to have the courage, dedication, self motivation, perseverance, and drive to get ahead. As a teammate, you have to have loyalty to your teammates as they need to know that you will be there to support them (win or lose) when they need it the most. You can do this as a teammate and more importantly appreciated it as a teammate because you’ve been there done that. With that back drop:
For the week of 1/20/14 our wrestler of the week unselfishly went out and wrestled with a slight injury and secured our team win against Inglemoor on Friday. He showed tremendous courage and determination as he battle through adversity and persevered. These are traits and characteristics that will take him far in the ultimate game, the game of life. Well done Bo Longmore and continue to lead by example.
Tristan Steciw went 6-0 for the week with 6 pins. For those that attended, we saw him pin his way through the Auburn Mountainview tournament with a total mat time of 5:04 and 4 pins. For his efforts, he was voted outstanding wrestler for the lower weights. Additionally, Tristan was voted WIAA Athlete of the Week. Tristan, continue to lead by example.
For the week of 1/6/14 we had two WTW as both individuals showed good qualities on and off the mat.
Like I’ve shared with you throughout the season, I hate to lose but can appreciate a good effort. With that said, I believe that we learned a lot from our trip to California and one of the subjects/aspects we discussed with the team was aggressiveness. Henry Bainivalu certainly learned that lesson well as he came up strong against both his Woodinville and Issaquah opponents last week. While he didn’t win he did set the tone for his teammates with his aggressive style. He then took that same approach and participated in the Juanita tournament and came away with two pins. Well done!!!
Our other WTW was Nathan Swanson. Nathan won all three of his varsity matches this week against Woodinville, Ballard, and really set the tone with his overpowering pin against his Issaquah opponent. He then attended the Juanita tournament and assisted the coaches with scoring and helped his teammates throughout the day in reviewing technique and providing encouragement. Your unsolicited leadership is much appreciated.
We have two very deserving Wrestler of the Week awards for this week.
After the Bothell meet, I spoke to the team about leadership. Leadership isn’t just about a rah, rah attitude and trying to motivate your teammates, it’s also about leading by example. I couldn’t be prouder of our two captain’s this week, as in my opinion, they certainly lead by example and our team is in good hands.
Both of these performances, by our captains, and other hard fought matches, helped our team remain undefeated in dual competition and keeps our goal alive. Well done Mr Steciw and Mr DeMatteo. Continue to lead by example.
Kody Nguyen is our wrestler of the week as he went 4-0 and won the rugged Decatur tournament at 113lbs. Kody won his first match by pin then had a tough match in the semi’s but prevailed 10-8 against a very determined Decatur wrestler. He then went on to the finals and pinned his opponent to win the tournament. Kody is currently 8-1 for the season with 4 pins. Well done!!!!
Our team had a very successful weekend and it took every team member’s accomplishments over the four dual meets for us to become tournament champs. Well done!!! This is the first time on paper that Skyline has gone 4-0 and earned the tournament trophy.
While we had a number of outstanding individual efforts, one individual effort stands out for the coaches. We had a first year wrestler, who for the benefit of the team, was not only asked to go out and wrestle but to compete above his certified weight class. He managed to go 2-2 during the tournament with 2 pins, but more importantly, when his team needed a clutch effort he came through . The team was down 31-27 to Liberty with one match remaining in the dual meet, and we needed a pin or a technical fall for our team to win the match. Well, Brennon Raphael came through and pinned his Liberty opponent thus preserving a team win and keeping our changes alive to become tournament champs. The team then went on to beat Mercer Island in our next dual to become tournament champs. Well done all around and congratulations to Brennon on earning “Wrestler of the Week” honors.