The first practice for the Fairbury wrestling team had a different setting this year as the wrestlers took to the outside and the practice football field to start the season off right. Although there was a change in location, the hard work and talent did not change. The high-school wrestling program will have six returning state qualifiers as well as many varsity contributors.
“I feel very optimistic about this season,” Paul Mach ‘17 said. “We have a lot of good kids and I think good things are going to happen.”
One of the main points coach Derek Garfield stresses this season is that he wants his wrestlers to be the best conditioned.The goal is to be more physical and tougher than before. In order to achieve this goal these athletes are pushing themselves to be their best.
“I’ve really been going hard in practice,” Logan Slater ‘18 said.
Coach Garfield expects a lot from his wrestlers in order to be successful this season.
“I expect the wrestlers to put in lots of hard work,” Garfield said. “When you put in the work you will get positive results.”
The Fairbury wrestling program is setting the bar high in hopes to achieve in more than last year when the team had seven state qualifiers with six of those returning to the 2016-17 squad.
“We are looking at from anywhere to zero to fourteen state qualifiers. Double digits is a legit goal,” Garfield said.
The wrestlers first meet of the year is the York Invite in York on Saturday, Dec. 3.