Three wrestlers place at state

Joe Spencer | Staff Writer

At this year’s state wrestling tournament on March 4 and 5, the varsity wrestling team placed three team members at the state meet. Seniors Brian Luria, 112 pounds, and Aaron Walden, 160 pounds, placed seventh in their respective weight classes. While junior Ruben Victoria placed third in the 103-pound weight class. This was a big year for the team at state, according to Luria.

Being at state for the first time can be very intimating for first-time wrestlers, Luria said, who was attending his second state meet. Coach Craig Murnan said the inexperience of the team and the change in setting that can impact wrestlers did not affect his wrestlers as much it could have.

Overall, the team broke the team goals set at the beginning of the season, according to Murnan.

“At the beginning of the season and going into the state meet with [the wrestlers] who qualified, we wanted to beat the school record and place three [wrestlers] in one year,” said Murnan. “We were able to do that this year with Walden and Luria finishing seventh and Victoria finishing third. This was an amazing feat for our program and will benefit us in the years to come.”