By: Bella Tarzia
Owls wrestling had 10 members attending state competition this year, which is one of the largest amounts in AFHS wrestling history!
For the girls, there was junior Jackie Hernandez, sophomore Cassandra Bolina and freshman Alissah Smith. The ladies worked long and hard and took 4th place in the state.
A few weeks later it was the boys’ turn. The qualifying wrestlers were seniors Joseph Laborin, Isaiah Montanez, Fidel Marquez and Andy Tran, as well as junior Angel Martinez and sophomores Jesus Castro and Domonick Herrera. Unfortunately, only Laborin and Martinez advanced to the second half of the first day but ultimately ended with a loss.
Getting to state is a big accomplishment and is very satisfying especially for seniors. “I was really determined to finish my last year strong,” senior Fidel Marquez said. “I worked one on one with my coaches who would give me tips on how to improve from my previous matches.”
For senior Andy Tran, state was the last match of his wrestling career. He “had the mindset that I was going to win and was motivated further because it was my last chance.” Preparing for such a big match can be an emotional rollercoaster for their team. It would be the last time they could show off all of their hard work.
“My coaches prepared me through the season physically and towards the end of the season they prepared me for the ride of emotions,” Tran said. “State was definitely a challenge but it was a great experience. It showed the team how much better we could be and that we need to push ourselves twice as hard.”
State may not have ended the way the Owls wanted, but the team still worked extremely hard to get there and we can’t wait to see what’s next for the 2020-2021 wrestling season. Go Owls!