By: Calista Boggess
The wrestling season began on the first week of November. The team is doing very well as they finished second overall as the top AAA team at the WSAZ Invitational.
Opponents are determined by corresponding weight classes. Many wrestlers are on a strict diet and exercise regularly to stay in the weight class they want to wrestle in. At practice, wrestlers sweat off a lot of weight. After they are at the weight they need to be at, its all up to the water intake because water weight is a large factor for how much a person weighs.
“It’s not about how much you eat. It’s about what you eat. You have to eat the right things, stay healthy, and get extra workouts in if you can,” said junior Jacob Starkey.
To prepare for the season there are a lot of offseason workouts involved that Coach Matt Smith holds and encourages. Workouts include running, lifting, and getting in the wrestling room as often as a wrestler can.
“We do a lot of hard workouts like drill, practicing moves, and technique every day after school and we come in before school to get in extra workouts sometimes,” said sophomore Tyler Haskins.
As for meets, scores are added up for the team based on whether a wrestler wins by a minor decision, or a major decision like a pin, tech fall, or forfeit. When wrestlers improve individual scores they are also improving the team’s score as a whole.
There are several new wrestlers this year, mostly freshmen, that are working hard to further the team after numerous hard working seniors graduated.
“Middle school wrestling was a lot easier. Coach Smith really pushes us and makes us work harder,” said freshman Austin Rhodes.
Students at Ripley are cheering on the wrestling team and looking forward to what is to come. State title may be ours this year from February 23-25.