by Canaan Freeman | Sports Editor
Jag wrestling is starting their season looking to continue their dominance ever since the school has been open.
“Our goals this year are to win district and send as many athletes to state as we can to represent Johnson,” coach Leslie Salazar said.
For the jags expectations are high as they always are and anything short of a district championship will be close to a waste of a season.
“We know what we are capable of and living up to the expectations will be tough but practicing a lot will help us to reach those goals,” senior Austin Sanders said.
So far this year the Jags are about half way through their regular season and the tough parts of their schedule are soon to come.
“We are preparing the same way as we would for any tournament, Just getting the kids to put in time and effort during practice. The younger students have been able to learn and get better from the upperclassmen,” Salazar said.
However, the Jags did lose seniors from last year and now they will turn towards this years seniors but also the upperclassmen to carry the team. They just finished their first district meet and place second overall, the best of any NEISD school. Three jaguar participants placed first in their weight class, William Green, Orlando Aldrete and finally Jeremiah McCutcheon in. As for the girls Ashley McCutcheon took second and Jill Gray placed 4th.
“We have a lot of returning freshman and we have a strong senior and junior class, so they learn from us,” Sanders said.