By: Corinne Minnick, Online Copy Editor
While fall sports are coming to a close, winter sports, including wrestling, are starting up just in time for the cold winter weather. Weigh-ins were conducted Monday to find out what weight class each of the team members would be competing in. Practice officially started on Tuesday the 10th from two to four in the auxiliary gym and the weight room.
Wrestling is an extremely competitive and physically demanding sport; the athletes must maintain a certain weight and stay in good shape.
“I think wrestling is the ultimate individual sport, it teaches you to grow up very quickly and you learn a lot about yourself in the process,” wrestling coach James Riley said.
Coach Riley coaches football and track along with wrestling. Football is more of a team sport while track and wrestling focuses more on the individual athlete.
“My favorite thing about coaching wrestling is watching the athletes get better,” Riley said.
There are no female wrestlers on the team this year, but all women are welcome.
“I have coached female wrestlers in the past. Generally if you have one girl, their friends will do it too, so you will have a couple of girls together, but they all work together, boys and girls are treated the same in this room,” Riley said.
Coach Riley attended high school here at James River and graduated in 2001.
“I wrestled for James River when I went to high school, I was a two time district champion, three time regional placer, and two time state qualifier,” Riley said.
Be sure to check out the wrestling team’s matches this December!