On Wednesday November 9, at 5:30 p.m., the boys and girls varsity wrestling teams will be hosting Eastwood's first ever Grapple Under the Lights, a double dual on the football field that serves to showcase some of the best wrestlers in the state. Hanks and Eastwood will be competing against Franklin and Coronado.
Junior Jazlyn Martinez said that she's excited to compete against Hanks, who has three state champions in their ranks.
"Hanks is a three time champ school, so it's an awesome learning experience for us," Martinez said. "Even though we lose most of the time to them, they teach us what we need to work on."
Martinez said that going up against harder schools makes her want to do better and work on her skills.
"Wrestling against a school I know I might lose to helps me become more aware of my strengths and weaknesses," Martinez said. "It makes me want to work harder on what I feel I need improvement in."
Martinez has high expectations for both girls and boys wrestling teams at the upcoming dual between west side and east side schools.
"For this meet, I personally think that the east side is going to dominate," Martinez said. "We're under the radar, but with the girls we have on the team right now, I think we're going to do well."
Sophomore Rhyan Vasquez said their team is well prepared and that he is pleased with everyone who joined the team this year.
"We have a great line up this year, especially with all the girls that have contributed to this years team," Vasquez said. "We have a lot more girls than we expected to get so I really think this dual will go well for us."
Junior Isaiah Delgadosaid that everyone on the team has been working hard, and that they're ready to knock out the other schools.
"I feel pretty confident even with the good teams that are coming down," Delgado said. "I think my team mates and I are ready for it."
Delgado said that he's excited for the match up and that he feels confident heading into the tournament.
"I'm not going to take it for granted, I feel like there might be some close matches, but I'm feeling good about this tournament," Delgado said.
Senior Ryan Chavez said he expects a good outcome at the dual for himself and for the team as a whole.
"I feel that we are really prepared for this match," Chavez said. "We've been putting in long hours, blood and sweat into our training and working really hard for this event."
Senior Noah Vasquez said he feels good about going up against Franklin and Coronado, even though they're putting up a strong team.
"We should beat Franklin, but they have a pretty tough lineup this year, so we'll see how it goes," Vasquez said. "We're hoping for the best."
Rocky Rodriguez, boys wrestling head coach, said that he is excited to see the four top programs compete, and that he's looking forward to seeing students, staff and family members come out and support.
"I'm just really excited for this match, it's the first time this is being done and I'm hoping for a positive outcome," Rodriguez said. "Most of the competitors are state champions so this should be an interesting dual."