Wrestling team makes history

By Coach Walker

This season was an inspiration to a lot of our young men and women. We actually for the first time in school history had 2 females compete in wrestling. This wrestling season was a well-accomplished season for the Patterson Clippers. We started the season with 22 wrestlers, a number of which had never wrestled before. Under the direction of Coach Walker and Coach Smith, our first time wrestlers quickly became acclimated to the sport.

We had 3 wrestlers place in the city tournament. Markel Ross placed 3rd, Anthony Lopez placed 3rd, and Dominic Rabey placed 4th overall. All three of those wrestlers also qualified for the regional tournament in which Anthony Lopez placed 7th overall in the entire North Region.

As a team, we were able to compile a 5-3 record, which was good enough to place 4th overall in the entire North Region.

As the head coach, I couldn’t be more proud of the effort and fortitude displayed by my team. The hope is that through my coaching they were able to become better young men and women. For me, it wasn’t about becoming better wrestlers; it was about becoming better people, and I believe we accomplished that. While I will not be returning next year, I just want to say that I love you all and wish you the best moving forward.

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