Wrestling Takes Toughness to Triumph


Emily Gertsch

MAT NAP! Winston Green keeps his opponent down to get a win. “I was trying hard to not let him up,” said Green who lost the match due to getting knocked unconscious.

Emri Jenkins, staff writer

Any casual fan of wrestling knows the sport is both mentally and physically tough. Wrestlers must condition constantly to keep in shape, miss meals to make weight, and wrestle through the pain of injuries.

Winston Green suffered a head injury in a recent match. “I got thrown onto my head,” said Green. He had to enter concussion protocol for 5 days after showing improvement that only came after not competing for around a month. “It was pretty bad. I couldn’t see out of my right eye for a couple of hours. It kinda made me sick,” said Green.

HEAD FIRST: Harrison Hoopes begins his match with Kagan Lenzen from Douglas. “This was one of the hardest matches of the weekend,” said Harrison who pinned Lenzen in the second period.

Harrison Hoopes developed an infected bursa in his knee that eventually turned into staph from hitting it hard on the concrete. Hoopes is back wrestling and feels normal again. “It has recovered all the way except there is still a little scab,” said Hoopes.

BACK DOWN: Taggart Heward uses an arm bar move to control his component. “I was trying everything I could to get more points because I was behind,” said Heward who lost by points to his Cokeville opponent.

Taggart Heward has been having a “pretty good” season so far. He has enjoyed spending time with his teammates on the weekends but not the conditioning that leads up to the tournaments. He thinks they do plenty of work but “if you ask Coach Clark, then not near enough,” said Heward.

Wrestling takes toughness and hard work, sometimes while injured head to your toe, but pushing through the pain and injuries makes the results even more sweet.