February sports updates: Wrestling

Written by Jack Mallery

Coached by Chris Horpel, former Stanford varsity wrestling coach, the wrestling team has had an impressive season so far. The team is 4-2 overall in dual meets and 1-2 in league, with losses to Wilcox and Fremont.

Wrestling may be an individual sport, but all the competitors will be the first to say that they play a team game. “We are all like a family,” sophomore Emily Milner said. “Everyone is really close and supportive of each other.” Milner hopes to to qualify for CCS.

Successful in and out of league, the team has many rising stars with impressive records. In the Bianchini Invitational, junior Andrew Maltz won in his weight class, adding to his 11-2 overall record with a 6-0 undefeated league run.“I had my first varsity tournament ever, and ended up winning it, which was huge for me,” Maltz said. “It just really showed me what I have been doing for the past six years has amounted to something.”

Maltz’s goal for the season is to qualify for CCS and make it to the state competition. “My goal for the league is to just do my best and keep working as hard as I can and be the best that I can be,” Maltz said.

In the Girls’ Harbor Invitational, sophomore Romi Miller placed second in her class along with junior Natalie Jue. Sophomore Emily Milner and Miya Miller both received third place honors.

The next stages of the season are the CCS and league meets. “I hope that we have people who continue on,” Horpel said, “They have to qualify for CCS by placing 6th or better in league [out of 15 teams], and we have a pretty big girls’ squad. So overall, I think we will end up qualifying a good number [to] CCS.”