Be Your Own Cheerleader

The girls wrestling team uses teamwork and decibels to make their work fun


Kara Simpson

Holding her opponent’s arm, junior Hannah Mott wrestles Dec. 7 in the Main Gym. Mott won 2-0 with two pins. “Strategies I typically use against my opponents are being as calm as possible in the toughest situations,” Mott said. “I focus on being as patient as possible without getting overwhelmed.”

Izak Zeller

The girls’ wrestling team had their most recent tournament on Jan. 28 at Washburn Rural High School. They placed 19th out of 33 schools.

The girls’ wrestling team practices every weekday, unless they have a tournament, in either the wrestling or weight room.

“Each practice usually goes like this,” junior Hannah Mott said. “Warm up, drilling time, maybe some live fire drills and then normally some sort of small workout. Practices are around one and a half to two hours, packed with hard training to get us ready for the next tournament.”

The team is known for being loud and proud, cheering for themselves and lifting morale. Their goal is for wrestling to be an upbeat, and positive experience.

“Davies always says ‘no energy vampires’,” Mott said. “Meaning no matter what problems you have, you leave it outside of the wrestling room. Wrestling is a place for people to come, relieve stress, cheer for each other and just have fun. It doesn’t matter who’s going on the mat, we always cheer for our teammates. I think that mindset really brings us all closer, we really are like a family.”

Don’t miss the Shawnee Mission District Duals on Tuesday, February 7th at 3 p.m.. Tickets are free.