ON THE MAT. On January 26th, Santa Rosa High School’s wrestling team competed in a match against Piner. Both senior Diego Robledo (right) and senior Hazael Solis Flores (left) wrestled in this match. Solis Flores got the pin in his match. After he wrestled Solis Flores said, “I think I did really good overall. This was actually my first real match and I think that practicing all those times actually really paid off and this match was actually a really good learning experience for me.” Photos by Justin Diaz
Article by Maddie Sanabria, Copy editor
Winter sports are in full swing; one of them being wrestling. Wrestling is a co-ed sport that started November 1st. Their last meet was on February 2nd against West County at Santa Rosa High School.
The wrestling season is currently going well. At the time of writing this article, the Santa Rosa High School wrestling team was 1-1 in league meets. In addition to wrestling meets, the team had also competed in tournaments, however, a few of them have been canceled due to COVID.
Similar to all sports, wrestling has had its own challenges when it comes to COVID. Wrestlers have to wear masks while wrestling and, as stated above, there have been several tournaments canceled. The good news is that the SRHS wrestling team has only had one positive COVID case and there is a high percentage of vaccinated people on the team.
The coach, John Navarro, has been coaching football at SRHS for the past five years, but this is his first year being the head wrestling coach. Navarro commented on his goals for the end of the season, “my hope for the end of season is to get as many kids as possible to advance to NBL/NCS tournaments and hopefully go to State.” Six year wrestler and senior Diego Robledo has similar goals for himself this season. “I want to qualify for the North Bay league and wrestle really good wrestlers,” Robledo said.
Though wrestling may appear to be a solo sport, it is a team sport. The points are counted up by the amount of matches that are won by the individual, so not only are wrestlers scored individually, but also as a team.
The team that has been formed is something that senior and first year wrestler Hazael Solis Flores is going to miss once the season is done. “I’m going to miss all the people I met and the fun times we had,” Solis Flores said.