On Thursday, December 12th, the Muscatine High School Varsity Wrestling team held their only home meet of the season. They hosted a pair of duals with Pleasant Valley and Davenport West. Though Muscatine did not win either duel (they fell 18-57 to Pleasant Valley and 33-41 to Davenport West) many individual wrestlers put up outstanding performances and treated fans to an excellent night of action.
Joseph Kane, Varsity Wrestling Coach, felt that his senior wrestlers distinguished themselves on senior night. He states, “Cedric Castillo, Carson Harder, Kuinton Middagh, Anthony Mathias, Dillinger Thomas, and Jorge Duenez all wrestled tough and competed hard. . .. These seniors are stepping up as leaders, they’re training hard at practice, and they’re attacking every challenge in front of them. The dual scores might not reflect it right now, or show the whole picture, but this team is making big strides.”
While the seniors made a statement in all their matches, some of the newer members of the varsity team also made marks of their own. In particular, the dual against Davenport West gave some younger wrestlers a time to shine. In a close match with Davenport West, a score of 33-35 going into the last match, first time varsity wrestler Collin Zellmer really shone in a difficult competition. Kane related, “He only had a few JV matches to his name but was up for the challenge. This match had the crowd and both benches on their feet screaming for their wrestler to find a way to win. . .. West won that match and won the dual, but that moment brought the Muscatine Wrestling Team tighter together.”
If the Muskies Varsity Wrestling Team continues to show the same skills and dedication they did at last Thursday’s meet, Kane believes it will begin translating into wins and higher scores for them. “The Muscatine Wrestling Team is growing fast and learning quickly,” said Kane. “The hard work will turn into wins as the season goes on.”