South Tama County early November wrestling practices started and several challenges arose for coaches and wrestlers alike. While some wrestlers have wrestled since age 5, practice was the first time others had ever set foot on a mat. Wrestlers who lacked experience made up for it quickly through hard work which allowed them to catch on to the rules and techniques required of them.
After three short weeks, six new wrestlers were warming up for varsity matches at their home meet which was held Dec. 5 against Dike-New Hartford and Gladbrook-Reinbeck/North Tama/Grundy Center.
STC lost 56-24 against DNH but came back determined and swept GR/NT/GC off their feet winning 60-18.
South Tama senior Trent Banes is seen in wrestling action. He pinned his opponent in a 182 lb. contest.
Starting the night off, STC struggled against DNH. With 9 loses for STC, points were earned by sophomore Bailey Chyma (160), junior Brandyn Jensen (145), and seniors Cesar Rivera (152) and Trent Banes (170.)
Head Coach Nathan Van Dyke was really impressed by Rivera, a second year wrestler, who won both of his matches. Chyma and Banes also won their matches against GR/NT/GC.
Beginning the second half of the night, facing up against the GR/NT/GC Rebel Hawks, the Trojans proved that nerves were no longer a factor and they were ready to wrestle. There were 7 pins for STC which added to the total of 10 wins. Of the 10 wins, 6 were contributed by first and second year wrestlers.
"We have lots of inexperience. We need to go battle and compete. I was thinking it would be closer against Dike but I think there were lots of nerves. We definitely came back the second matchup of the night though," said Van Dyke.
Nearly half of the varsity team was made up of first and second year wrestlers. They included freshman Hunter Filloon (106), junior Brandyn Jensen (145), senior Cesar Rivera (152), freshman Kyle Kucera (220), sophomore Andrew Peters (195), and senior Garrett Hoskey (285.)
Other first and second year wrestlers that made up parts of the JV wrestling squad include freshmen Gabe Garcia (132), Nathan Weiss (138), Dillon Graves (145), John Coral (170), sophomores Gaven Haughey (120), Randy Smith (120), Dylan Cronk (138), juniors Jose Alcazar (138), Adrian Castanon (160), Isaias De La Torre (160), and Charles Kaufman (160.)
Van Dyke plans to keep working his team and improving. He's looking forward to the new wrestlers learning, growing, and hopefully beating wrestlers who have beaten them in previous matches.