Wrestling Preview


Avery Scanlon

As the wrestling season begins, the girls team keeps on growing.

Wrestling has been at our school for some time now, but in the past two years, they’ve offered wrestling for girls and have incorporated girls with the boys, making it one big group of wrestlers.

“It’s a lot of fun because we actually get to see all these different really cool things happen whenever people win and whenever it’s like this last meet, one pinned the other in 16 seconds. It’s so much trouble the first time filming and scoring, but it’s pretty easy to learn,” Paige Starks (‘22) said.

Besides the hard practices and the exhausting meets, these athletes make lifetime bonds.

“My favorite part about wrestling is how you constantly get to hang out with your friends, and even when you have the hard times in practice, you always manage to push through,” Josh Thurman (‘23) said.

Ester Han took a hit to her wrestling career on December fifth. Going up against her opponent, she tore her forearm. Although she thinks she could have won, her arm will be keeping her out of wrestling for a couple of weeks. 

Han has been wrestling for about three years and her favorite thing about wrestling is the competitive element, traveling, the strong team and the teamwork. Esther Han has described wrestling as something that has made her more social, brought her closer to people, and she says that wrestling makes you connect to others.

Josefine Kruse (’21), who is from Sweden, is on the team. This is her first year in wrestling. Josefine would have never considered wrestling in Sweden, but a friend recommended that she should try out. 

The choices for Kruse were very limited when it came to her athletic abilities. Kruse stated that since she has joined wrestling in America, she has gotten to know more people and is in a fun group of girls. 

When asked how it’s been here in America so far, Kruse pointed out that Missouri has odd weather, she has been able to have new experiences and all around it has been fun here. She was asked about her first time ever losing a match and Kruse had fun but was so upset and embarrassed about losing.

¨I wanted to change my name and fly back home to Sweden,” Kruse said.

Wrestling offers you a  wide variety of experiences, from making new friends to traveling and competing with other schools. Wrestling is a fun sport that welcomes anyone who would try out, and it is lots of fun.