By Roxanne Bashor
The Wiggins Wrestling team won four out of five matches at the home dual against Elizabeth on Thursday, January 22, but the team ended up losing overall due to forfeits.
If was an accomplishment to get the pin “because I know that the other guy worked just as hard,” said sophomore 126-pounder Cameron Holm. In the beginning of the season, Holm “was out of whack,” but he has become more aggressive by working hard in practice.
Sophomore David Nance wrestled in the 182-pound weight division and beat his opponent 8 to 5 in points. He felt that he had more confidence out on the mat and wasn’t nervous like in the past. At upcoming meets he wants to do things similarly to how he wrestled that night, said Nance.
Another wrestler who won his match was freshman 120-pounder Cael Croissant. He won his match 13 to 11 after going into overtime. He said he felt good knowing that he was able to work hard and was very relieved after the 6 minutes was up.
Stats girl Alli Kopetzky attended the meet as well and was very impressed with all of the wrestlers’ performances. She was especially pleased with Nance’s performance because “he worked hard on bottom and did well defending against shots,” said Kopetzky.
The team still needs to work on their mental preparation, though, according to Coach Dave Croissant. He was very pleased with all of the wrestlers and thinks that their conditioning has improved throughout the season. He is looking forward to upcoming tournaments and including state wrestling in a few weeks.
The Tigers’ next dual is in Fort Morgan on Wednesday, February 4.