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When Coach Laird was asked what he thought about the fist matches, he said, “It was exciting! All of us, including myself, were pretty nervous about the first time on the mat, but I thought we were very aggressive wrestlers. We need to work on some techniques. Because we have a short season, we work on techniques to break opponents down. Learning new moves is sometimes very difficult.”

What you need to improve? Coach Laird responded, “I probably need to work on being more positive. It’s easy to point to someone saying he’s doing something wrong. We need to work on being positive.” How does practice help the team get better? “Because you are the teacher and you need to help them learn new moves. Wrestlers have to be in shape, so we do a lot of running and then we wrestle each other to learn a lot of different moves.”

What is the best part of wrestling so far?  “It’s just fun–fun to practice, fun to have competitions and see who is wrestling on the mat, fun to see our students win against other schools–that’s the best part!” What’s the hardest part about coaching wrestling? “Wrestling is hard work. It’s hard to see students that don’t understand how intense and hard wrestling against someone else is. And it is  hard to see people losing at the first matches.”

Julissa Chavez was asked about her first matches, “It was hard and I felt really nervous.” What does the team need to work on? “We need to stay focused and also work on our take downs.”

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