• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

WCMS wrestling seeks consistency

WCMS wrestling seeks consistency

The WCMS wrestling team struggled at the Twenhofel Duals tournament. The Mat Tigers defeated Turkey Foot and lost to Campbell County, Holmes and Twenhofel. Coach Jarvis Livingston is looking for a consistent performance every week and so far has not receive that from his team, he said.

“I wasn’t pleased with our overall performance this past weekend,” said Livingston. “We looked like an entirely different team than in the previous week. We’re missing spots in our lineup but we’ve been dealing with that all season, so that’s no excuse. I still have several wrestlers that just aren’t bringing the focus and intensity that is required at a dual meet. I did see some leadership out of our 8th grade captains to pick the team up, but we need that intensity from start to finish. Our next tournament is going to be a great challenge for us.

A week earlier, the Mat Tigers traveled to compete in the East Oldham Duals on Dec. 2 and finished in second place for the event. In round one, Woodford defeated Union County. In round two, WCMS defeated an all-star team and in round three defeated Moore Middle School. In the semi-finals, Woodford defeated North Oldham to make it to the championship. Woodford was defeated by East Oldham in the finals.

“The team responded very well from the Elkhorn Duals subpar performance,” said Coach Livingston. “My team was missing four weight classes this past weekend but caught a break due to other teams missing similar weight classes. I am witnessing this group grow together. Being in the the dual meet atmosphere, our wrestlers are starting to understand how wrestling is more of a team sport than an individual sport. We also had wrestlers come to the East Oldham tournament, who were either sick or injured in support of their teammates. Obviously, those kids could not participate but having them there meant a lot to the team and to myself. I expect a lot of energy and a lot of intensity from our guys. I put a lot of trust in my team captains (Gavin Andreoni, Andrew Kartner, Grant Garrison, Jackson Geilear, Conner Dutton, and Reece Goss) to help me get our team mentally prepared and focused on our goals."

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