After sending three to state, wrestling looks towards the new season


Feature Photo by Aaron Braun: Senior Nick Sanchez-Jans high fives his teamates as he is introduced against Aurora Central.  Sanchez-Jans finished the season with a 20-22 record in the 126-pound weight class.

By Aaron Braun, Reporter

The end of winter also marks the end of another wrestling season. This year’s varsity wrestling team won 20 head–to–head duels, took second place in the APS championship, eight place in league, finished seventh in their region, and sent three wrestlers to the state tournament.

“It was a very challenging season,” Coach Corby said, “ a lot of personal struggles, and a lot of injury struggles. There was a tremendous room for improvement this year”

This year’s varsity team had 10 senior wrestlers, three of which qualified to wrestle in state. “ I wanted to do better than I had in my past three years, which I did.” Kipp Corby said about his fourth and final season. Corby had a regular season record of 34-8. In the state tournament Corby went 1-2.  

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Senior Christian Calkins pins his opponent against Aurora Central. Calkins was one of three state qualifiers for the Raiders. (Aaron Braun)

Even though Calkins only experienced the atmosphere of state once, he still loves the sport. He says his best memory is, “Laying in the wrestling room and thinking, ‘ Man, there isn’t many people that are able to do what can.’ Those that say they don’t like wrestling have never wrestled.”

Although Price didn’t prevail at state, he said “(The season) was better than I ever expected. There were some tough losses but we kept moving as a team. It was one of the best seasons I’ve had.”

Christian Calkins and Myles Price had hard fought battles but unfortunately went 0-2.

Although the seniors high school wrestling careers are over, sophomore Bryan Fierro is eager for next season to start. This was Fierro’s first season as a varsity wrestler. “It went pretty well, I was disappointed in my inability of qualifying for state,” Fierro said, “I want to qualify for state

(next season) and we’ll go from there.”