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A New Chapter for an Old Sport

Conor Smith, Crown Staff

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Wrestling. It is one of the oldest sports to ever take hold on this earth, dating back to the ancient Greeks. It is a sport that is found all over the world, and at all skill levels. From Olympians to second graders, wrestling is a sport loved by many for its ability to be a sport of strength, as well as a sport of finesse. Marian has recently taken part in a tournament where teams of wrestlers come together and battle it out, one-by-one, until one team united comes out victorious.

This was a “dual-team” tournament, which means each team fills out a roster of fourteen different weight classes (106lbs to 285lbs) with wrestlers of that class. A wrestler from each team, for each weight class, competes one-by-one until all classes are wrestled or forfeited by one of the teams. Once the match is over, total points for each team are recorded, and whichever team has the most points wins.

Team points are broken down as follows: If an individual match is won by pin (both shoulders of opponent “pinned” to the mat), injury default, or forfeit, then the team total receives six points; If an individual match is won by a fifteen point spread, called a technical pin, then the team receives five points; if an individual match is won by at least eight points, it is called a major decision, and awards the team four points; the final outcome of the match is when it is won by seven points or less, which is called a minor decision, and awards three team points.

As for this tournament, Marian went undefeated over the course of seven dual team matches, which earned them the title of “Champions” for the tournament. The team earned this title despite a large disadvantage because they were forfeiting five weight classes, due to a lack of wrestlers. These forfeits gave the other teams an automatic thirty-point advantage before the match even begins.

Nevertheless, the team came out on top, with a few undefeated wrestlers as well. Anthony Randazzo (132 lb weight class), Luke Silva (152 lb weight class), Adam Konopka (160 lb weight class), and Conor Smith (285 lb weight class) went undefeated in all of their individual matches, starting the wrestling season 7-0. Other wrestlers, including Daniel Valeria (120 lb weight class) and Anthony Silva (145 lb weight class), started their season out with a 6-1 record. As a team with great incoming freshmen, returning sophomores, juniors and seniors, and even a new junior and senior, there are high hopes and a bright future for the Marian Central Wrestling team.

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