It’s not just a Friday Night Smackdown!

Despite popular misconception, wrestling is not Friday Night Smackdown or Monday Night Raw. There is no tag teaming and nobody gets to hit someone in the back of the head with a steel chair.

“It is one of the hardest sports and is often overlooked because of that,” Enrique Reyes, Junior, one of the head captains of the wrestling team said. “We condition everyday which mostly includes a lot of squat jumps, sprints, cardio, anything that will make us break a sweat. We also work on function drills.”

Nonetheless, Reyes still practices all out, even if he is hurt and does not hold back the amount of effort he exerts on the mat in hopes his teammates will do the same.

“I’ve been in the program for three years so I know a lot of things that will help them,” Reyes said. “It is my job to make sure they are successful and I will do my very best to make that happen.”

Even when Reyes is not feeling his best at practice or when he loses a match, he still keeps his composure and holds it down for his team.

“ A lot of people look up to me, so I just try to do the best I can, whether I win or lose, ” Reyes said, I leave everything on the mat.”

Not only is Reyes a prize in his teammates eyes, but he is valued by his coach, Allan Ebert.

“He accepts criticism and is always willing to help,” Ebert said. “He never turns down his work ethic, he always goes hard.“

Being the new head coach of the wrestling team, Ebert sees this year for his team as an opportunity and a privilege,

“We’re young and inexperienced,” He said. “But there has been a lot of growth and it is very exciting to see and I have been nothing but honored to work with a group of such hard working kids.”

The team’s next meet is a tri in at Conroe high school on Saturday, January 10th.