Kennedy Wrestling: Mat Experts Grapple with Loss of Players

By Isabella Wolfe, Sports Editor

During the 2018-2019 season, the J.F. Kennedy Wrestling team got off to an unprecidented start. The wrestling season began with 28 wrestlers (boys) and 4 wrestlers (girls) on the team but  by early 2019 had dropped to only 5 boys and 1 girl.   Brian Ewing returned to the fold as head coach and guided the small team of grapplers through their paces.  In this short time they worked together, competed and won several individual matches.

“Our best match this season was against Grant and River City,” Coach Ewing shared via email with the Clarion. “All wrestlers won a match and Jordan Noble and Carlos L. Garcia, (both Class of 2019) won their matches by pinning their opponent.”

Coach Ewing says individual goals for all wrestlers include making it to the NorCal Divisional Tournament and ultimately the California State Tournament.  Jordan and Carlos, at 113lbs and 220lbs, respectively, each earned victories at league championship tournament at Laguna Creek on Feb. 2.

Kennedy wrestling champs Carlos Garcia and Jordan Noble pose after winning individual matches at the league tournament at Laguna Creek on Feb. 2 Photo courtesy Jordan Noble.

“Going into the League Tournament I had expected to win 1st place,” Jordan Noble shared with the Clarion.  “Being a league champion feels good but it isn’t much of an accomplishment as there is still so much time left in the season. My next goal is to win the Division Tournament and qualify for state. I plan on pursuing wrestling in college, or trying out for national teams in the future.”

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