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The HHS Wrestling Team Opens New Doors For Students

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The Hawks wrestling team continuously opens new doors and allows students of HHS to have a positive experience with the sport throughout their high school careers. The team offers many benefits to students and is always welcoming new members. Current team members encourage newbies to join them. Team members range from freshman to seniors and welcome both female and male members to participate. Three current members would like speak for the team and reach out a welcoming hand and encourage students to join them on their journey to develop both as wrestlers and teammates.

Senior Aaron Bartlett, one of the captains of the HHS wrestling team, has been a member for 4 years (including this upcoming season). Bartlett was asked what being on the team has done for him personally. “Being on the wrestling team gave me a bond with people and it has given me a mindset to get fit and stay fit,” he said.  He also said that being on the wrestling team will give a student a sense of strength, determination, and a feeling of well-being with a side of leadership skills.

Junior Matteus Huvaere has been a member of the team for 3 years, including this coming season. Originally, he had joined the team to stay in shape for football season, but he decided to only focus on wrestling as his single sport. Huvaere was asked how the team benefited him personally. “Wrestling made me work out more and made me feel much more coordinated,” he said. “I also learned how to focus and really hone in on something to perfect that setup or land that take down just right. “ He expressed that wrestling will make a developing athlete more comfortable, confident, and coordinated.

What does wrestling give to someone’s self confidence that another sport won’t? “If you’re willing to put in the work you’ll fall in love with wrestling,” Huvaere said. “Nothing compares to winning a tough match. Even when you lose, if you know you gave it your all, you’ll feel nothing but pride in yourself, respect for the person who won, and a yearning to get back in the room and get better.”

The wrestling team is always supportive of its members, but the athlete themself is responsible for pushing themselves to do their best. “Wrestling is the most personally rewarding sport out there, period,” Huvaere said. “It’s up to you to put in the work, to practice the move again, to run a little harder a little faster, to lift more than last week ,and it’s up to you to get that pin. I can’t emphasize enough, there’s nothing like winning a tough match. But at the same time, although wrestling matches are one-on-one, every meet and every tournament you’ll feel the full support of your team at your back. In no other sport do you feel closer to your teammates than in wrestling. From sweating in the 100 degree wrestling room to the three clap chant before someone gets a pin, you feel pride in everyone’s accomplishment and everyone feels pride in yours.”

Senior Paolo Qefaliaj has been part of the Hawk’s wrestling team for three years. Qefaliaj said that being part of the wrestling team has benefited him personally because he has learned to push his body to the limit and keep going further. “Wrestling is a great experience and it gets you in shape real quick,” Qefaliaj said.

The team welcomes new members both male and female and all  four grades at HHS. When being part of the team, a close knit family bond is formed, while the athlete gains both mental and physical strength, and develops into a strong, bold, athlete. You do not need to have experience to join the team.

“ Ninety percent of the people in that join have no experience,” Qefaliaj said.

“I’ve known seniors who came in with no experience, who put in the work and dedication and had great seasons,” Huvaere said.

“ You don’t need experience,” Bartlett said, “it’s just an added bonus.”

Coming in as a clean slate is perfectly acceptable. New members are welcomed and will gain knowledge along the way.

“If you are looking to test your strength and gain more, wrestling is the way to do it,” Qefaliaj said. 

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