By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– There’s excitement behind the start of a new year as North Salem laces their wrestling shoes for the first action of all year at the Perry Burelson Tournament at Cascade High School Saturday.
“Oh it feels great, it feels amazing because I’ve been off the mats so long, I want to get back in it you know,” starts Ian Carlos. “I’m hungry, this is like starving a lion and feeding him only a portion of the steak. That’s what I feel like right now, like I want more. It feels great.”
In the background, was North’s Shannon Glover, who was battling Lebanon’s Brandon Gibson. The senior won the bout 4-2 as he entered the 132 pound final Saturday afternoon.
“I’m ecstatic dude,” said Glover after his semi-final match with a smile. “I love this sport more than anything in the world, it’s my favorite thing to do.”
Carlos would join Glover in the finals as Carlos won the 145 pound class while Glover would finish second to Sweet Home’s Kobe Olson as five varsity guys competed in the Varsity portion of the Tournament.
But that’s expected with these two great talents on a very talented Viking wrestling squad that Head Coach Andy Pickett has this year; but what goes up and beyond that is that Carlos and Glover are using their success as a way to motivate those around them to become one like a family.
“Me and Ian are captains of this wrestling team so they’re seeing us doing great, they want to see them to be as good as us,” said Glover. “So I think it’s better for the team as individuals because it brings us closer together as a family and that’s what wrestling is, it’s like a family.”
On the mat, Pierre Foreman found himself a match win away from the third-place match at 160, while Denis Yanis (113),Michael Alagoz (126), Clint Pfeifer (138), and Antonio Garcia (285) went deep into the consolation brackets.
But off the mat, you saw the North Salem Vikings hanging out with themselves like their own little family.
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