Wrestlers prepare for district meet

Hannah Roethler/Staff Writer

CFHS wrestlers are readying for the district wrestling meet in Waverly on Saturday, Feb. 11. Cedar Falls will be competing against Decorah, Linn-Marr, Marion, Waterloo East, Waterloo West, Waverly-Shell Rock and Xavier.

With the season winding down, senior Sam Dagit said, “It has gone a lot better than expected, and we won some great duals because we put forth a group effort.”

After beating some of the better teams this season, Cedar Falls has a better dual record this year than it had last year, with a record of 17-10. “We’ve had a pretty good season as a team so far. We have beat some good teams even though our team was not at full strength for most of the year,” senior David Langley said.

“We have prepared all year to get the conditioning that we will need at Districts, and now our practices won’t be so intense, but we are focusing on the little things that we can fine tune before we go to Districts,” Langley said.

Even though they prepare for Districts from day one of wrestling practice, every day wrestlers fix things they have done wrong in previous matches. Sophomore Devon Davis said, “Some of the things I’ve been doing to prepare myself for Districts are practice every day and watch film with coaches to learn from some of the things I did wrong in the past.”

Being the only girl on the wrestling team, sophomore Cassy Herkelman has shown her ability to the entire state. “Last year, being the only girl was kind of different, but this year I feel that I am a lot closer to the guys that I thought never wanted anything to do with me,” Herkelman said. She’s preparing herself just like all the guys, “Districts is going to be tough just like it was last year. I just have to wrestle smart and be ready for everything.”

Last year at State, Cedar Falls High School was represented by three wrestlers, Cassy Herkelman, KC Grooms and Zach Rahnavardi. “We hope we could send all or at least as many as we can to State this year,” Dagit said.

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