Cubs Claw Their Way to Wrestling Wins
Information from South Fork High School Wrestling Coach:
South Fork’s wrestling Bear Cubs have been busy leading up to the Christmas break. On December 9th we attended the McKinleyville Invitational wrestling tournament. The team worked hard throughout that tournament. Senior, Aaron Etherton walked away with the first place metal in the 195-pound weight class. Senior, Levi Kirk injured his elbow in his second match of the day. During his fourth match which was for third place Levis injury forced him to make the decision to stop the match so he could wrestle another day. Levi took fourth place in the tournament. Freshman Jared Sullins walked away with a two and two record, and senior, Daphne Hobbs got her first win of the season in an exciting match that was fun to watch.
On December 16th we visited the Fort Bragg Timberwolves for Fort Bragg’s annual Holiday Bash. This worked out to be a good day. The team kicked the day off right with our first match being Kaydon Pogue at 126 pounds catching his opponent in a tight, standing front cradle. For his first pin for the season.
John Gamble and Orin Paula also showed great improvement earning their first wins this weekend! Coach Chad Kirk said, “The first win is a big step… Now that you know you can win.. All you have to do, is get out there and do it again..”
Our captains continue to do us proud. Levi Kirk and Aaron Etherton both had perfect records in Fort Bragg earning them both the first place medals in their weight classes. South Fork brought home four fourth-place medals and two first-place medals from the Holiday Bash. “I thought that was really good. Everyone is progressing,” Kirk said. “A coach couldn’t ask for better. I see our first-year wrestlers throwing moves that they’ve been taught but just haven’t had enough time to perfect yet. While our captains are sharpening their skills together. There is really nothing better for progression than having a skilled wrestler of your own size as a practice partner every day. The more these two continue to push each other, the stronger they will continue to become. I can’t wait to see where it takes them..”
Probably the most exciting news that we received over the past weekend was that our home dual meet on January 25th is confirmed. Wrestling will start at 6 p.m. We would suggest spectators get there around 5:30 p.m. It should be a fun night with Hoopa and Saint Bernards. Please spread the word around. It’s been so long since South Fork hosted any wrestling events at all… Let’s fill these new stands up for the kids.