The team traveled to Lovelock on Saturday, December 15 for another tournament and finished second out of 28 teams.
Isaiah Blanco, Angel Huerta, and Anthony Peterson took first. Taylor Corak and Cade Bell took second. Jessie Hawkins, Caleb Sanchez, and Josiah Chapman took third. Joseph Garcia took fourth.
The wrestling team started their season off at a dual on Friday, November 30 in Fallon.
The team had numerous duals against teams such as Elko, Douglas, Carson, Fallon, and many Reno schools.
This season, the wrestling team is heavy with freshman and sophomores with only two juniors and four seniors.
“This season we have been working hard on cardio and the standard and simple moves just to get the new guys into it. This season I’m really excited to be a freshman wrestler on the varsity team,” said freshman Joseph Garcia.
Sophomore Anthony Peterson hopes to see improvement in his team and himself due to the amount of effort being put in each practice.
“In order to get ready for this season, the team has been practicing really hard and competing with each other every day in practice to get better. I am most excited about the places I get to travel to with my team this season,” said Peterson.
Junior Taylor Corak knows that it is necessary to endure the hard practices that the team goes through just to see each other make it to the top.
“We’ve been getting ready for this by simply putting in work day in and day out. We practice hard all week and go get what we deserve on the weekends. I’m excited to see the boys who are still at the top of the hill at the end of the season. It’s a hard sport and not a lot of people can do it,” said Corak.
The advice and discipline that the coach gives are crucial to getting the athlete in the mindset that they need to work for what they would like to achieve.
“This year we are still really just trusting coach Brooks’ and coach Corak’s process they have developed. They are constantly trying to change your mentality and show you what your body can really handle. I’m really excited about State this year since it is being held in our hometown,” said senior Josiah Chapman.
Coach John Brooks is looking forward to a successful season and growth of the teamwork and mindsets of his athletes.
“We are a young team with 12 freshmen,10 sophomores, two juniors, and four seniors. They are not afraid of hard work. We went 8-1 last week in Fallon. We are always working on getting in better shape. We are also focusing on getting this young group wrestling at a high level. I’m looking forward to seeing the growth as a wrestler. If they keep working they are, they will grow and improve,” said coach Brooks.
Coach Brant Corak is determined to see his team outsmart their opponent by reaching their full potential in technique.
“At our home tournament, the Cody Louk Invitational, we placed second out of 26 teams with Spanish Springs taking first. We’re battling each and every match but we know we have a long way to go. It is no secret that our success lies in outworking our opponents each and every day,” said Coach Corak.
Cade Bell, Isaiah Blanco, Omar Castaneda, Josiah Chapman, Ivan Contreras,Taylor Corak, Christian Cuevas, Lance Dove, Julian Esquivel, Brett Ferraro, Joseph Garcia, Jesse Hawkins, Bonifacio Hernandez, Angel Huerta, David Hunter, Denzel Lara, Cody Long, Shane Mattson, Alex Esquivel, Isaac Mori, Anthony Peterson, James Rackley, Caden Ricci, Hunter Smith,
Miguel Varela, Colton Von Aspern.