By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– While his McKay Wrestling teammates were wrestling their ways through the Tigard Invitational this past weekend, freshman Zair Ku Beiza competed against people pushing nearly twice his age in a 20-plus team Everyday Warrior Crossfit WAR Games.
“Well, it’s actually an amazing experience,” said Ku Beiza. “Most in the division, there were like only 24 to 30-year-old guys, and me and my partner were one of the like, two 15-year-olds to compete and we placed second with our teacher which is amazing…I’ve been doing Crossfit since seventh-grade.”
Now, with him and Tyrus competing with their teacher, they weren’t expecting to place second as much as they were just looking for a good time competing.
But when it happened, it was a shock to them.
“Shocking,” smiled and laughed Ku Beiza. “It was a shocking experience because we didn’t expect to get second we were just there to have fun and compete, but we just tried our hardest and it prevail at the end.”
Now that he’s back to wrestling practice slightly sore, the freshman can see the correlation between wrestling and Crossfit.
“Very much so,” said Ku Beiza. “Crossfit is litterally a lot of endurance and how many reps you can take and that’s what wrestling is all about and Crossfit is a lifestyle just like wrestling, you got to live by it.
“You got to live, breathe and eat Crossfit and wrestling.”
Ku Beiza will look to continue his tear this year as the frosh is 6-2 on the season.
MCKAY WRESTLING RIDING A HOT HAND INTO THIS WEEK
As practice was going on, the Scots are looking to continue their strong start to the season as they host McMinnville Wednesday and travel to three-time Greater Valley Conference Champions Sprague Thursday as they sit 2-1 since league dual season started.
“Pretty good, we drop a match to West Albany that I really thought we were capable of winning,” “But all the kids refocused and rededicated themselves for the McNary dual meet and pulled out a W versus them.”
That McNary dual (51-27 win), along with a dominate performance versus South Salem (48-31 win) has the team looking stong as you see strong performances from David Rubio (10-1), Shane Tennis (12-4), ‘Chava’ Carmago (13-4), Bryant Mendoza (11-3) to name a few to lead the Scots.
But nothing is like the undefeated record one Matt Jarding has with a perfect 13-0 with six pins on the season as the senior describes the nice strong start of the season for his team.
“It’s definitely encouraging,” said Jarding. “Being able to come out and be some good teams like McNary. I mean we haven’t beat them in a long time, so to come out strong against them boost our confidence a lot. So just knowing that we’re wrestling our best and wrestling our hardest is going to get us some wins this season, we have good wrestlers, it’s exciting heading into the rest of the dual meets.”
Jarding points to them being focus and ready to go will be the recipe for success this week versus the Grizzlies and the Olympians and it comes to wrestling hard and focus on the person in front of them.
There’s excitement from the senior to see how he matches up to the Sprague wrestlers as the Olys are expecting to be one of the State’s Best and the favorite to win the conference this year again.
“I’m actually really excited because I’m anticipating that I’m going to see one of them at the District finals. So being able to look at my competition to see where I am at versus them is exciting. I’m excited to wrestle them.”
Both meets, at home versus McMinnville Wednesday and on the road versus Sprague will start at 6pm with the Junior Varsity with the Varsity starting at 7pm.
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Extra Practice Pictures (Pictures By Jeremy McDonald)