Forty-five turnout for promising wrestling season

Pictured during an early season practice, Weiser High School Wolverines wrestlers got out of the wrestling room this past weekend, with the boys team competing in McCall and the Lady Wolverines wrestling in Homedale. All of the wrestlers complete the same conditioning workouts and recently were led in a circuit by local fitness trainer and youth wrestling coach Toby Clary. Photos by Nancy Grindstaff.
Keith Boles
Wrestling season is back yet again with hopes of having another good season. Their first meet for boys was at McCall on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, and the girls first meet was at Homedale on the same days.
 Last year the team did great with multiple wins across the season. They even did well enough for some players to go to state.
 This year, they had a great turnout for wrestlers. They have 10 girls and 35 boys in total for this year’s roster.
 Among these 45 players, there are 13 returning varsity players. There are also five total seniors.
 There are a lot of good wrestlers to look out for this year. However, it will be hard to know who will do great this season until the rest of it plays out.
 The team has many great strengths which have all helped them to get as far as they have. The team has excitement for competition and every wrestler is willing to win.
 As for their biggest competition, according to their coach Chad Gibson, it will be Fruitland. According to Gibson, they have good depth across all weights and they also did well in the league last year but hopefully, Weiser can overcome this opponent and come out on top.
 Due to their great season last year, they will want to keep up that momentum for this year as well. As for how they will do that, Gibson wants to remember what they have control over.
 “Being hyper-focused on what we can control and put blinders up to the stuff we can’t,” Gibson said.
 They also want to focus on hard work, grit and accountability. Gibson says that these are team fundamentals because they are the building blocks to make productive and successful people
 As for more on Gibson, he has coached for 13 years. During those 13 years, he has coached 13 high school wrestling seasons, 9 club seasons, and 12 middle school seasons.
 Another thing that the team did to be successful was a fundraiser event called the turkey trot which was a 5k fun run. The team saw great success from the fundraiser and hopes to do it next year as well.
 Let’s hope the Weiser wrestling team can pull through and have another successful season and that they can do even better than they did last year.


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