Charger matmen keep improving

Amber Mataczynski, Staff writer

Another wrestling season is just about to be in the books. Five members of the Charger wrestling team competed in the Class A IHSA regional tournament on Saturday February 7at Walther Christian. No matter what happens, though, the future looks bright as all five who competed are either sophomores or juniors and will return next year.

The wrestling season began back in December with high hopes and now we are hoping for these four individuals to finish the season off strong.

Among the competitors is sophomore Johnny Milas, who answered a couple of questions below.

Q: Why did you want to be a part of the wrestling team this year?

A: I wanted to wrestle because I did it last year and I did well. When you win it feels great!

Q: How did you train?

A: We trained every day after school for 2 hours, drilling moves, conditioning and lifting weights.

Q: What was your favorite part of the season?

A: Winning against Wheaton Academy and giving our team enough points to win the whole tr-meet or going to conference and getting fourth out of twelve.

Q: How did you do this season?

A: I had a slow start to the season going 3-10. But after the holidays I went on an 8-0 winning streak finishing the second half of the season 12-2.

Q: Are you going to come back next year? If so, what are your goals?

A: I am definitely going to be returning to the wrestling team next year. I want to place in Conference and make it to sectionals.

At the Walther regional, the Chargers took seventh place of eight teams with 36 points. The host Broncos won the regional with 207 points.

Qualifying for the sectional tournament were sophomore Julian Carmona (138 pounds), junior Carone Pierce (145 pounds) and junior Shemar Casteen (152 pounds), all of whom finished in third place in their respective weight classes. None of the three qualified for state out of the Wilmington Sectional, however, which was held on Feb. 14.

Congratulations to all the Charger wrestlers for a great season.