Wrestling team captures GMC championship – Web Exclusive

Ian Howard | Staff Writer

On February 13, the wrestling team won its first Greater Miami Conference title at Oak Hills. According to Varsity Wrestling Head Coach Craig Murnan, the program’s GMC title came as no surprise.“We’ve finished first or second in every meet we’ve been in, except for one meet where we finished fourth out of forty-some plus teams,” Murnan said.

Besides its past record, Murnan said that the success of the team was also ensured by an increased effort of the wrestlers.

“I think we had kids step up that day, but we’ve been having that all year,” Murnan said.

Murnan also said he accredits much of the win to a new emphasis on the things that stopped the team from winning last season.

“I think that we focused on any off-season and in-season things that prevented us from winning a title in past years,” Murnan said.

According to Murnan, the benefits of this are made obvious through comparing last year’s GMC results and this year’s GMC results.

“Year prior we had three pins, and this year we had 16 pins,” Murnan said.

Senior and 2009 State Champion Robert Shepherd said that he could have performed better at the GMC, but that his chances at another title are promising.

“There [are] good kids in our region; it’s just so far I’ve beaten all of them,” Shepherd said.

According to Shepherd, many other wrestlers are likely to make it to state this year. As far as securing team titles, Murnan said he expects a similar success to the team’s winning of the GMC.

“It’s not going to be any different going this weekend into sectionals,” Murnan said.