Beckman Wrestlers Make Their Way on the Mat
A team of JV and Varsity wrestlers come together as one family.
December 16, 2019
On Wednesday, Dec 4., both Junior Varsity (JV) and Varsity players on the wrestling team played against El Modena High School. While JV boys beat their opponent, El Modena, Varsity lost against Modena’s Varsity team. Team points for Varsity were 18 to 24.
The first match of the night started off with JV boys. They had a long streak of winning matches against their opponents. At first, some players struggled to pin their opponent on their back. But they succeeded by grabbing the other players’ legs and putting more force on the body to tire them out.
In the sport of wrestling, the goal is to get the opponent on his back. A player wins the match when he pins both of the opponent’s shoulders on the ground. On the other hand, if a player gets the opponent’s back 45 degrees or fewer to the ground and holds him there for 2 to 4 seconds, then the player earns two points for the near-fall position. If the player holds the position for 5 or more seconds, he earns three points.
Playing in Varsity is more challenging because players are heavier, more muscular and more experienced. When the judges announced Beckman’s Varsity team, they queued music in the background, and the wrestlers went running onto the mat. After running around the mat in circles to warm up, players started wrestling and practicing with each other.
Before playing, the scorekeepers call the weight class and the players out to the mat. Both opponents run up to the scorekeepers to make sure they are competing against the same weight class. They get into the neutral position – which is when they face each other – and meet, shake hands and wait for the referee to blow the whistle for the match to start. One match lasts for 1 minute and 30 seconds. In wrestling, the whole match restarts if players go out of bounds. If no one wins the match in 1 minute and 30 seconds, the whole match has to restart as well. When wrestling, players try to keep their heads up and their backs off the mat.
Once the judges announced that it was time to begin, all team members lined up on opposite sides of the mat. Judges called out the names and weights, and players ran to the front of the line, giving each team member a high-five. Every player was called out and huddled with the team. They chanted their names and cheered for every player along the way. During the game, teammates on the sidelines chanted their last name or yelled “GRAB THEIR LEG,” “YOU GOT THIS,” and “PIN THEM DOWN, COME ON.”
Although the game was not a qualifying round for league championships, it was a fun start to the season.
JV Wrestler Justin Chaprito played well and won his match, his pre-round anxiety transforming into a post-victory high. “I calm myself down and focus on my plan for the game,” said Chaprito. He uses the strategies that his coach recommends to plan out the whole match. “Before every match, he has us reflect on what are our go-to moves and how to execute them, so before my match I was just calm and focused, visualizing how my match would go.” From Chaprito’s experiences on the wrestling team, he has learned that having a plan before the match it prepares him immensely – even the basics are extremely important.
Wrestling is a different kind of sport compared to others. Instead of having a number on the back of jerseys, they have a singlet. Instead of a number, wrestlers have weight classes. The scorekeepers control the time of the game and the matches. The referees keep the team points. Each team gets points based on the moves in the match. If a wrestler wins by more by one or seven points or more, it is called a minor. A major is when a team wins by 8 or 14 points. If the team wins by 15 points or more, it is called a tech fall.
Beckman’s wrestling team has its next game on Wednesday, Dec. 11.