Wrestling makes history


Wrestling for the League Finals, Jacob Barberena, 12, uses the technique “chicken wing” on his opponent at Paramount High on Feb 11. The Vikes went on to win CIF for the second time.

Back to back California Interscholastic Federation champions, boys wrestling triumphed during league, re-earning their previous CIF title, on Feb. 12. Nine varsity returners were able to experience this victory and are extremely thrilled about it.

“This year was harder than last year considering a lot of varsity wrestlers graduated last year, so the majority of the team was first time varsity wrestlers,” junior Robert Chism said.

The boys toiled excessively every practice making sure they always made their specific weight for their next match. The determination each player imputed paid off in the long run.

“The hardest match for me was the CIF individuals against La Mirada,” senior Jacob Barberena said. “It was quite the challenge because my torn MCL was hurting, but I still qualified for state.”

The wrestlers made history by accomplishing a never before done, back-to-back championship. They also hoped to keep their title for the following years. Their coaches were very supportive throughout each match and motivated them to better themselves in wrestling during every practice.

“The major challenge I faced this year was being a senior captain and having to motivate the younger wrestlers,” senior Steven Johnson said. “I’m content with the way I worked, but a little envious I couldn’t join Robert Chism or Jacob Barerena at state tournament.”

Graduating seniors, along with the coaches are proud of their victory and are proceeding to begin next years’ season by continuing their training and staying in shape.