By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Before you comment on this story about the Headline, yes that misspelling is suppose to be in there, take a deep breath and relax my fellow sports fans.
Now we got past that, let’s talk about McKay Wrestling.
In an uniqueness, the Royal Scot Grapplers will be wrestling against several teams, over three separate duals, over three straight days; starting Thursday versus South Salem at South Salem High School.
Now, it’ll be a challenge to say the least and it starts in practice they focus on their first task of the Saxons to start Greater Valley Conference District Wrestling.
“To start off, we will have to push through the hard times during practice. We’re going to have to wrestle hard at the meet,” said senior Shane Tennis. “And then pretty much go balls to the walls.”
For Head Coach Troy Thomas, his top priority is to make sure his squad walks away injury free come Saturday afternoon after it’s all said-and-done while taking advantage of what’s in front of them this week.
“First and foremost I want to make sure everyone comes out injury free, however that’s wishful thinking,” smiled Thomas. “My main goal is to get everyone as many matches as possible. This is a stretch where between Thursday, Friday, Saturday; some of these kids could come away with seven- or eight-matches just off of one weekend, against multiple teams.
“So having wrestling like a 5A school like Woodburn, then a 4A school like North Marion, it kind of help gets some matches in with some competition that we don’t normally see during the year.”
But before that Saturday Dual at Woodburn High School, it’s South where Thomas said that it’s a measuring stick at where they’re currently at.
“We’re kind of chomping at the bits to get back on the mats and actually compete since it’s been, roughly it’s going to be alomst a month since we last competed,” said Thomas. “So, a little bit nervous about that, but we’ll be ready come Thursday for South Salem.”
Then Friday night at 7pm, it’s the Aloha Duals that features host Aloha, a good wrestling program up in the Portland area as McKay takes on several schools that are competing in the duals.
Follow that up with the Woodburn Duals with yet another good wrestling program in 4A’s North Marion on Saturday, and Salavador ‘Chava’ Camargo knows all too well about some of the Huskie wrestlers being from the area originally. North features Division-1, Missouri-commit Lane Stigall and another tough challenge in Levi Wing in their stack lineup.
“North Marion’s a really tough team, I used to go there,” smiled the senior. “So I know how tough they are and we’re going to have to go out there, we’re going to have to push it hard for them. They’re one of the harder teams in 4A, so we’re going to have to push it to try to compete with them.”
As the team continues practice, there’s excitement in the air to finally getting back to action, regardless if it’s South, Aloha or North Marion.
“It’s really exciting that we’re competing with all these different types of schools and different classes,” Said Carmago. “And I think it’s really cool that we’re not just wrestling our 6A competitions,we’re going down to our 4A and everywhere; I think it’s really fun.
“It gives us the different competition.”
The three-day marathon starts Thursday night at South Salem with the JV at 6pm and Varsity at 7pm.
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