Mount Si wrestlers preparing to pounce
December 5, 2012
By Sebastian Moraga
The Mount Si High School wrestling Wildcats are ready to do battle. And what a battle it will be.
Between now and Jan. 10, the team will face a string of tough dates, including Sedro-Woolley High School and Liberty High School, and wrestling schools in California.
Then, on Jan. 10, the team gets a home date against Bellevue, their second and last home match of the season.
“We’ll see,” head coach Tony Schlotfeldt wrote in an email, “if they are up for the challenge of such a long , hard season.”
For one, Schlotfeldt is going all-in on his crew.
“I’m sure we will have our valleys and peaks to contend with, but I’m confident in our boys,” he wrote. “Can’t wait to see them perform.”
For starters, the team is the most rounded it has been in Schlotfeldt’s four-year tenure as coach, he wrote. The team has six seniors and six juniors in the varsity lineup. The team has two sophomores and one freshman.
“We should be very competitive this year, and hope to inch our way up the ladder regarding team scores and individual performances at post-season,” he wrote.
The outcome of the tournament at Skyline High School on Dec. 1 said the team has begun to leap rather than inch its way up.
The team beat Eastlake High School, 58-21; Issaquah High School, 46-27; Skyline, 48-28; and Bellevue’s Newport High School, 75-3, to win the tournament.
Before that, the team beat Juanita, 66-18, in their first, and until next year, last home match of the season.
Still, Schlotfeldt declines to get too high. It’s a long season and this is the first year without 2011 state champ Josh Mitchell on the roster.
“Making a run for individual state placings is a goal,” he wrote. “But we have work to be done in the meantime. Our guys are taking each match at a time.”
Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.