PREVIEW: Wrestling

James Nosek | Staff Writer

The 2010-2011 Mason wrestling season is starting up once again. The Comets look forward to the chance to get back to the state tournament like they did the year before, when they sent six wrestlers, according to head coach Craig Murnan, who said he is excited this year with his unique team.
There are really no recognizable names on the team this year, according to Murnan. But he said there is a strong focus on the team as a whole even though wrestling is considered an individual sport.

“It’s going to be fun this year,” Murnan said. “I think city-wide, people don’t really know what to expect [from us]. That’s why I have been [calling our] team ‘the team of the no-names.’”

According to Murnan, focusing on the team aspect of the sport will only help each wrestler succeed individually.

“We set our goals as a team, but, of course, there are individual successes within the team,” Murnan said. “Our goal, like every year, is to compete. We want to be the best team in the city and take as many kids to the state tournament as possible.”

Last year was a very successful year for the Comets, according to Murnan; the team set multiple records and sent six wrestlers to state. Last year’s season was also the year of firsts, according to Murnan.

“It was the first time we beat Moeller, the first time we won the GMC title and the first time we placed as high as we did in [the] district [tournament],” Murnan said.

Murnan said that every year the team has a goal to beat Moeller and last season’s first ever win against Moeller was very motivating.

“Last year, we got [blown out] by Moeller; we only won two out of 14 weight classes,” Murnan said. “Then we came back at the end of the year and we beat them [for the first time].”

The Comets will have a 15-man senior class, and Murnan said they are some of his hard workers.

“[The senior class] is my workmen class,” Murnan said. “There is some talent in [that] group, but they are a [determined] class.”

Murnan said that Fayezeddin Jamous will be a key player in this senior class.

“[Jamous] has worked really hard in the off-season; I’m really impressed with where he has developed,” Murnan said. “He has made huge progress throughout his career.”

When talking about the senior class, Murnan said that they show leadership in a different way.

“We have quiet senior leaders; they’re going to come out and do what’s asked of them,” Murnan said. “Wrestling is a sport that rewards hard work.”

According to Murnan, having a successful regular season is important, but the goals of the season come in February, the last month of the year, which was named the “Month of Champions.”

“The month of champions is when we want to perform our best,” Murnan said. “It’s not about where we’re now but it’s about where we’re going. It’s not about the moment, it’s about the journey.”