The MHS Wrestling Team Looks Forward to a Strong Season

The Malden High School Varsity Wrestling Team began their 2018-2019 season on November 26th, 2018. Under the coaching of Rin Van, the team will be competing in 11 matches in total throughout the season, three of those matches being tournaments. The team, which is currently made up of 11 wrestlers, are looking forward to a successful season with many hopes of qualifying for the state tournament.

Sophomore Jason Yao, is in the current 106/113 lb weight class on the varsity team. When asked what has went well so far for the team, Yao states “[they] motivate each other to do better and improve. If one of [them] [have] a bad day, [they] will try to lift their spirits.” Yao expresses the fact that they are a close team, they are dedicated and look out for each other.

The aspects of a good wrestler is having love and dedication for the sport in itself, as said by Yao. “My expectations are that [they] all [got] better collectively because [he] really like this team and hope we continue to improve” states Yao.

Junior Captain Ved Grey, the 160 lb wrestler on the team, is entering his third year on the wrestling team and is ecstatic for the new season. As a captain of the wrestling team, Grey would like this year to be more of a learning experience for the new wrestlers and an opportunity to fine tune all the returning wrestlers, “[he] think[s] [they] will go pretty far throughout the season,” while he continues to state, “A big thing [he] think[s] [they] can work on is coordination, and making sure all of [their] wrestlers are thinking and working as one.”

A big aspect of having an excellent and successful season would be having good team chemistry. They are looking forward to winning more matches this year in hopes of qualifying for the state tournament, individually and collectively as a team.

“Physical strength and cardio.”, is what needs to be improved upon in the eyes of Grey, performing and giving 100% during every single practice, as well as learning new moves to use in matches will only help them in the long run.

The Malden High Varsity Wrestling team has their eyes set on a great season and will be having their first home meet.

Gabriel Matnog

Gabriel Matnog, or Gabe as he prefers to be called, is a returning member to the Blue and Gold. This year, Matnog is determined to learn more about journalism. Currently, he hopes to focus on writing for the sports section since he enjoyed writing about numerous sports last year. Some of his friends have gone to South Korea for the World Junior Championships and is rooting for their success. Aside from precision shooting, Matnog enjoys a plethora of other sports including golf, snowboarding, and lacrosse. On weekends, if it is possible, he will do some homework and hit the golf field. His favorite extracurriculars include speech and debate as well the Boy Scouts (even though he completed it and currently is considered an “Eagle Scout”). Eventually, he aspires to be a chemical engineer and go to MIT, since he is good at math and science and comes from a long line of scientists.

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