Heading deeper into the season, the girls wrestling team ranks fourth in district, and the boys have climbed to number 10 in the state and 2nd in the city. After their most recent tournament on Jan. 27-28, the girls team walked away with four medals, placing eighth out of 26 teams.
Being a team of mostly freshman and sophomores, the remaining veteran, junior Jazlyn Martinez,, is feeling the heat, but said that the team is doing better than expected, and that she's proud of her personal performance.
"I feel like this is one of the best seasons girls wrestling has had in a while," Martinez said. "The freshman have been beating seniors and girls who have won state already. This year I'm a better wrestler than anybody thought I would be."
Junior Deanna Perez said that, although she's no longer competing due to a foot injury, she knows the team has what it takes to make it to the end.
“Truthfully, I really thought I had a chance at making it past regionals," Perez said. "I’ve worked really hard to come to where I stand today. This team is young and special, each girl has worked so hard to be where they are today. Now that it's coming to end, they must give it their all."
Sophomore Danielle Saldivar said that being new to the team she's faced a learning curve, but that it's been a great experience to come together as a team.
"This being my first year I've learned a lot and it has been a growing experience," Saldivar said. "It is really good to start with new people so we can all grow together. It's good to start at the same place and end at the same place."
Troy Douglas, head coach of the girls team, said that he's going to maintain optimistic about the remainder of the season, and look forward to the future of the program.
“It’s a tough sport things don’t always work out in life or sports," Douglas said. "You have to fight through adversity. Even through all of that, we’re in a good position to place and qualify.”
Senior Noah Vasquez finished 2nd in state last year said that he hopes to not face the same defeat this year and prove himself his last year as a Trooper.
“I’m trying to win state and put it all out there," Vasquez said. "The seasons went great I’ve personally only lost once. The most recent tournament got everyone focused and made them realize what they needed to work on to make a strong finish.”
The next tournament for both teams is on Feb. 11 at Coronado High School, where the wrestlers will be competing for an opportunity to advance to the regional meet.