High schools across Iowa opened its wrestling rooms for their first official day of practices. State champions start the varsity season, starting to pave their way to the top of the podium once again. Others are looking to make that leap to prominence and newcomers are becoming acclimated to the high school ranks. I visited three practice rooms to bring you the sights and sounds of the prep season’s start.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson Coach Dick Briggs addresses his team, letting them know what to expect and that wrestling isn’t the sport for the ultra-sensitive.
Linn-Mar Coach Doug Streicher seemed to a large group of kids in the Lions’ wrestling room Monday. The Lions mixed in some basics with some live wrestling in the latter part of practice. Streicher explains what his expectations are for the 2-minute go.
Here are the Lions getting after it. These tussles probably occurred in hundreds of rooms across the state. The sport can be gruelling over the course of the three month season. One thing is for sure, by the time these teams beat on one another for the first couple weeks, they’ll be ready to let loose on the competition the first week of December.
Here is some more footage of the Lions during practice. This is a great time of year. About the only time that gets any better is February and March when dreams of prep and college wrestlers are achieved and dashed.