By Jeremy McDonald
MOUNT ANGEL, Ore.– Kennedy junior Alexandra Geschwill was walking Helene Bergmann through a drill that the squad was working on during Monday’s practice. Helping out Bergmann understand what was being taught during the session as the Trojans prepare for the North Douglas Duals and the Bob Bishop Invitational at Willamina High School at the latter part of this week. Stepping up as a leader on the junior heavy squad that Kennedy has this season.
“I felt like it was good, we don’t have that many seniors this year so I just wanted to step up and just be able to be a leader. Especially when football is still going and new kids are going and feel like they have someone who can help them and not to be afraid to ask questions,” Geschwill said.
This is Geschwill’s third year wrestling, wrestling at the 120-pound weight class this season, and has already brought home an Outstanding Wrestler award from the North Douglas Tournament back on December 18. Improving on her skills through the years as her and the Trojans begin the grind towards Districts and a State Push.
“That was freaking cool,” smiled Geschwill. “I think fundamentally I’m a lot better. I’m a lot more put together, but as the season’s going, I’m going to work on (wrestling) guys. Girls I feel a lot more comfortable wrestling and knowing how to perform with my body so it can help get into winning positions.”
Briggs Snell, the Trojans 285-pound heavyweight, has too found himself some success this season as he’s dominated much of his matches this season within the first round of each one of them. For what it’s worth, this is Snell’s first full-season wrestling as he picked up the sport as a sophomore during this past six-week Spring Wrestling season back this past year.
“It’s fun, just trying to stay in shape for football. It has helped a lot because it helps me stay low in my stance and hand placement a lot. It helps with strength and conditioning so I can go all four quarters. I think a lot of it is strength and keep building on muscle,” Snell said.
Head Coach Dewey Enos expects Snell to be one of the top kids in the league this season when districts roll around in February as Kennedy had 20 kids out for practice Monday evening with the hopes that the team will have a chance to contend for a District Title come February 18 and 19 at Neah-Kah-Nie High School.
Geschwill, Snell and Adan Beltran are some of the names that Enos mentioned in wrestlers that have stuck out to him as they’ll travel to North Douglas Thursday for the Dual in Drain and Willamina Saturday for the Bob Bishop Invitational.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald