This past Saturday, November 11, the Northview Titans wrestling team officially started their season wrestling against an ample amount of teams in the Takedown tournament. Coach John MacDonald is looking to have a great season this year. The Titans had a major roster change this offseason, losing some talented players.
The Titans are looking at a rebuilding season this year after the loss of some seniors and the surprising transfer of wrestler Simon Shuster. A lot of new wrestlers this year have not had any experience wrestling before. MacDonald is looking for seniors to play a part mentoring the young players this year.
“There are a lot of new guys this year and a good amount of them have not wrestled before. We have been preparing them for the Takedown tournament this year,” MacDonald said.
The loss of Simon Shuster is going to impact the wrestling team in a big way. Shuster represented the wrestling team in the state championship last year, so his absence will be noticed day in and day out. Even though they lost Shuster, they still have some players who will impact the team this year including Gabe Garcia, who also wrestled at state last year.
“The loss of Simon Shuster is hurtful but we have some players who are still good – for instance, Gabe Garcia, who went to state last year” MacDonald said.
The wrestling team is expecting some specific wrestlers to be a key factor this year. Senior Winston Kim is a wrestler that Coach Macdonald is really expecting to be an important piece in this year’s team and of course Garcia who was nothing but fantastic last year. MacDonald is not expecting anything less from last year to this year for Garcia.
“Gabe Garcia and Winston Kim are both phenomenal. I am expecting Winston Kim to be going to the next level this year,” MacDonald said.
Kim is one of the many wrestlers on the team who is expected to have a breakout season this year.
“There is a lot of pressure and I know Coach MacDonald is expecting a lot out of me this year, so I am ready to see how it goes,” Kim said.
The Titans are hoping to start off the season with a bang.