The Winnebago Wrestling season has officially begun. Head Coach Adam Tranmer had a few words for us as the season begins. Mr Tranmer has been coaching for 16 years and this year will be his 4th year coaching at Winnebago. Tranmer has some high expectations for the year with his team. He stated, “I would like to see a transformation in individuals on the team, but overall I want to be more of a team this year.” With former wrestler Derrell Zagurski’s success, the team aspect kind of slipped away last year. He hopes his wrestlers will be more of a team that everyone will be contributing to. He also wants to have 3 or 4 kids qualify for state.
This year’s returning leaders are the seniors and they have been with the program for four years. Prosper Gilpin is at the heavyweight class, Tahrell Bird at 220, and Jeremy Bear will be sitting around 145 or 138. Tranmer hopes these 3 seniors really buy into what’s going on so they can leave a legacy. All three seniors also hope to letter this year. Wrestlers get to earn their letter at the end of the season if they meet the lettering criteria. Wrestlers must win 30% of their varsity matches and must compete in 8 of the 10 varsity competitions. They can also earn a letter by placing in every single competition. Coach Tranmer believes that everybody will do well this year. This year’s lightweight Michael Thomas-Horton weighs in at 106. The team is also returning two that battled last year at 120, Antonio Robles and Matthew McDonald. These two will battle again this year for the 120 spot. “The upper weight guys are gonna be good, Robbie Lovejoy, Kye Thomas, Tahrell Bird and Prosper Gilpin. Those guys have put in the time and the work, they should help get the team on the right path.”
The girls unfortunately are down. This year the team only has two girls. Darilyn Duong who will be graduating at semester, and the returning girl from last year Zeriah George. Zeriah is going to be in a good situation based on what’s happening in the NSAA. A resolution that has been proposed states that next year there could be an all girl’s division with state championships, but that won’t go into effect until next year if it passes in January. “We’ll have our second annual Lady Indian Invite on January 3rd, last year we had around 17 to 20 girls. This year we are hoping to have around 50 girls there.” This year we all hope some of the people in the community get to make it to the competitions to cheer on their fighting Indians. Stay tuned to hear updates about this year’s wrestling season.