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    Meet the Wrestling Team

    The Bearcats were former wrestling champions last year lets see what’s in store for them this year

    Senior Saul Bautista started off his wrestling career in middle school. His coach recommended him to try it out in high school and now Saul is one of the top seniors at PRHS. It’s not easy to get this good though. Battling through 3 hour practices and many rigorous drills you have to be tough and willing to take a beating. To get mentally prepared for matches he gets into a zone by using music to focus his thoughts and and prepare himself for the battle that lies ahead. Although Saul is a tough sport he really enjoys it because of the memories and friends he has made along the way. 

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    There is a lot of suck in wrestling and you have to push past that. Wrestling prepares you for life, Life isn’t easy and it helps you stay motivated no matter what.

    — Saul Bautista













    Cursing over the competition Junior Cruz Lazzaroni-Tamayo is sweeping the legs of his competition. Cruz loves the challenge of wrestling always keeping him on his toes and pushing him to become the best he can be. Before a match Cruz hypes himself up. You have to be the best in your head to be the best on the mat. He said that being confident in your self is the key to winning. Cruz is very proud of his team knows everyone tries their best. Cruz also recommends everyone to try wrestling. It will push you to your limits but it will help you become your best self. 

    It’s a testimony of who you are as a person and how far you can push yourself which is really awesome

    — Cruz Lazzaroni-Tamayo

    It’s a testimony of who you are as a person and how far you can push yourself which is really awesome


    Ella Overton 10th

    Wrestling at PRHS is mainly dominated by men in fact there are only 4 women on the wrestling team compared to the 41 boys currently on the roster. But this does not stop sophomore Ella Overton she still strives for greatness and is unstoppable on the mat pinning her opponent at most recent home meet. When asked why wrestling is such a male dominated sport at PRHS she said she thinks parents don’t let their daughters wrestle because it is not a girly enough sport but she encourages everyone to do wrestling but you need to have a tough mind because it is rigorous. To prepare for a match Ella will usually won’t talk to a many people and tried to get focused by thinking she has to try her hardest and never give up. 

    “‘I have to try my hardest. I just got to do my best and even if I don’t win, at least if I try hard. I just don’t like giving up.”


    Ashton Wirkus 9th

    The Freshman Prodigy. Only in 9th Grade Ashton Wirkus has wrestled in JV Tournaments and has come out victorious. He is currently undefeated and is shooting for the moon. Trying to take a varsity spot in his freshman year. Although he has only been wrestling since 7th grade he has learned a lot and and put in the work. The most difficult part about wrestling for Ashton is the mental aspect. You have to endure long practices but you need to keep pushing through. Before a meet Ashton likes to hype up the team through music in the locker room and chants to prepare for battle. Ashton listens to David Goggins before his match to remind his to stay hard and no matter how much you want to quit to keep pushing through until the end.

    I enjoy wrestling because it gives me hard work and discipline every day, Monday through Saturday.


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