Wrestlers use 5-2 record to motivate themselves

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Jesse Bashor, 11, wrestles an opponent on Dec. 7 at the Maize Invitational. South lost at the meet, but maintains a 5-2 record. Photo by A. McLaurian

by Taylor Mitchell

South’s wrestling team clenched a 5-2 season record thus far, having started the season on Nov. 1.  The team still has 12 meets before the season ends on Feb. 25.

“In the past we have had individual accomplishments, but now we are starting to have team accomplishments,” Matt Kerr, coach, said.

They started off the season defeating Rose Hill and Clearwater, not to mention receiving their first trophy of the season at El Dorado on Dec. 3, which put them at 3-1 with a loss to Mulvane.

“As a young team we have had our ups and downs and we need to maintain our focus, but I am very pleased of our effort,” Kerr said.

With 26 wrestlers on the mat the team has doubled its numbers, as well as wins from the previous seasons.

“We’re still a really young team and with young teams you take strides and steps back, but everyone’s working hard,” Kerr said.

At the upcoming varsity invitational this Jan. 13, at Newton, South wrestlers will go up against the best of the best from schools in Wichita and surrounding areas.

 “The future’s bright and we have a shot to do damage in league,” Kerr said.

Jesse Bashor, 11, wrestles an opponent on Dec. 7 at the Maize Invitational. South lost at the meet, but maintains a 5-2 record. Photo by A. McLaurian