Weed High wrestlers looking to step up to next level

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Jace Wright, one of two returning juniors on the Weed High School wrestling team, pinned his first opponent of the season in 29 seconds during a competition at Foothill High in Palo Cedro.

Wright also pinned his second opponent in the first period and went on to place second in the 130 pound weight class.

Weed’s other returning junior, Tyler Moser, also made it to the finals despite an injured right elbow. He lost his first match, won two in a row and held an 8-2 lead over Ruffer of Chester before being pinned and placing fourth.

Coach Rick Marshall said Moser was wrestling well, but “got stuck in a move.”

Junior Gregg Holguin claimed his first varsity victory at Foothill, then lost two, while freshman JD Machado lost his first two high school matches.

“It’s huge for Gregg top get a win,”?said Marshall.

Weed is scheduled to compete at Modoc this Friday and Saturday.

Moser and Wright both placed high enough in the League meet and in the Division competition to make it to the Masters meet last year. At Masters, Moser placed seventh. If they place in the top three in the Masters meet this year they will qualify for state in March.

Newcomer Dylan Sites, a sophomore who wrestled varsity as a freshman last year in Medford, is another strong competitor on the team, according to Marshall.

Holguin began wrestling for WHS last year. “Gregg is actually going to come on strong this year,” said Marshall. “He is looking stronger, agile and more coordinated this year. I’m looking forward to seeing him in competition.”

Freshmen Elias Amezcua and JD Machado are new to the team. “JD and Elias are going to have a tough year,” said Marshall. It’s normal for a freshmen’s first year to be difficult when they go up against juniors and seniors in their weight class, the coach explained.

Despite a lack of team depth, Marshall says this year the team has a chance of placing in the top three in the smaller individual tournaments.

This is Marshall’s fifth year coaching for WHS. He started the youth wrestling program 11 years ago in Mount Shasta and six years ago in Weed. “Some kids have been wrestling since they were five and six years old.” By the time they reach high school they have the skills he added.

Both Moser and Sites participated in youth wrestling programs. Holguin taught wrestling in the program this year, which Marshall said also helps develop wrestling skills.

Assistant coach Rob Moser is also the strength and conditioning coach. “He’s awesome,” says Marshall. “We worked together to build a program that not only builds strength and coordination, but is very specific to the sport of wrestling.” Marshall said he gets the kids to work harder and raises them to a new level.  “The kids work really hard and are getting stronger every day.”

Mout Shasta High School and WHS practice together. “We are very supportive of each other’s teams,” said Marshall. He said all the coaches in this area are helpful and want to make the program successful, and the kids become good friends by the end of the season.

The team travels to meets as far as Willows, Alturas, Etna and Trinity. The majority of their meets are away, but they will be competing locally in Mt. Shasta on Dec 19.