by Lucas Puig ’22 (Immaculata House)
This 2018-2019 wrestling season was a great experience and something that I will cherish forever. I grew so much both mentally and physically.
My friends have always told me to wrestle, but I always decided not to. However, this season I wanted to stay busy and try something new. Going into the season I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew that it would be hard, but the first practice hit me like a bus. This season I was challenged physically in the wrestling room to get better every day and push myself to my limit. I worked with the more experienced wrestlers to challenge myself. I was also pushed mentally and always told myself to keep going when I wanted to give up. Every practice was grueling and tough, but looking back I loved every second of it.The highlight of my season was getting a pin against Milton Hershey. It was a close match and it felt really good to be able to contribute to the win. The feeling of having my hand raised in front of everyone in the stands was worth all the sweat and tears I put in the preparation. Wrestling has taught me that hard work and dedication truly does pay off and that, “Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn’t Work Hard.” This phrase is something that I really took to heart every time I read it across the wall of the wrestling room.
Overall, this past wrestling season was one of the most physically demanding yet fun few months of my life. I made a lot of new friends and developed true camaraderie with my teammates. I cannot wait for next season and to see what else I can accomplish!