by Justin Martinez | sports writer
The district competitions have just ended and the Johnson wrestling team heads back into the locker room. For other schools, the season has come to an end. But for Johnson, it has just begun.
The 2012-2013 wrestling season is now a thing of the past. With their previous victories behind them, the team now looks towards the regional tournaments.
“We’re taking ten guys to the tournament. That’s more than Reagan and Churchill, so that’ll help our chances to win at regionals,” senior Jeremiah McCutcheon said.
The regional tournaments will be held on February 8th and 9th at 9:00 am. After a strong finish in the regular season, the Jags look to finish off their journey on top.
“I feel like we’ve done quite well so far this season. We just won the district championship and hopefully we can have as much success in regionals. We’re definitley not going there to get 2nd,” McCutcheon said.
For the past three years, the Johnson wrestling program has been a top contender in the district. Under head coach Lee Miller, the wrestling program has found their way into regionals once again.
“Our guys have really done well this season. They give a maximum effort everytime they come to practice. That’s why they’ve been doing so well,” head coach Lee Miller said.
In order to become a great program, the team has to work hard. It takes long practices and discipline to become a contender in any sport, and that’s exactly what the Johnson wrestling program is all about.
“The practices can get pretty tough. Coach gets mad at us sometimes if we mess up or come in late, but other than that it’s a good workout,” freshman Patrick Vega said.
Although the team hasn’t won every match this season, they still feel as if they’re capable of doing well at regionals.
“We always feel like we’re in a good position to win our matches. We perform to the best of our abilities and have fun doing it. That’s what we’re going to go do at regionals. Hopefully things will go our way,” sophomore Ashley McCutcheon said.