Wrestling to compete tomorrow Dec. 7 at Fort Zumwalt North Invitational


Sophomore Owen Twaddle pins Kirkville opponent Gavin Robertson (12) at the RBHS Wrestling Tournament, Dec. 7. Photo by Ana Manzano

Ana Manzano

The RBHS wrestling team started their season with the Rock Bridge High School Wrestling Invitational Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Bruins faced off against Kirksville High School and Father Tolton Catholic High School. While defeating Tolton, they fell to the Kirksville Tigers. The wrestling team will compete this Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Fort Zumwalt North Invitational. 

The night started with girls’ wrestling and continued with the RBHS boys going against the Tolton boys. The order of the matches is organized through weight classes. The fourth match of the night proved to be a challenge for junior Raymond Foster. After a drawn out face off, he was able to defeat his opponent and help the Bruins win against Tolton with an overall score of 48-30. The wrestling team holds high expectations for the season, and plan to work hard in order to perform well. 

“As a wrestler, this year I am looking to constantly improve as an individual and work hard in practice to help my teammates improve as well,” Foster said,“My goal is to be the best I can possibly be, and that starts in the practice room working with coaches and teammates.”

After a thirty minute break, the Bruins competed against the Kirksville Tigers, making for some of the most electric matches of the night. Sophomore Owen Twaddle managed to pull off a victory and receiving thunderous cheers from the RBHS student section. The night ended with three Kirksville wins in a row, including a heartbreaking loss for senior Will Bower and a controversial referee call against sophomore Omari Simmons, which cost him the game. The team could not recover and fell to the Tigers with a final score of 30-48.

Did you know?
Wrestling is scored through a points system; the team with the most points at the end of a series of matches wins. If a player wins a match through a fall, disqualification, forfeit or default, the team is awarded six points. A fall is when a wrestler defeats their opponent by pinning them to the mat for five seconds. If a wrestler has not won the match after three periods, then whoever has the most points will win the match. The team is awarded five points if the wrestler wins through a technical fall, four by major decision, and three through decision. A technical fall is when a wrestler wins by fifteen points or more. A major decision is when a wrestler wins by eight through fourteen points. A decision is when a wrestler wins by one to seven points. There are two kinds of points in wrestling, a team score and a wrestler score. Team scores are won after wrestlers win their individual match, and wrestlers can win their individual matches through wrestler points.

Despite what can be considered a disappointing performance, Bower stays hopeful and committed.

“I’m new to this weight class, and I’m just trying to be as successful as possible and get used to the new style of wrestling,” Bower said, “As a team we want to have as many guys qualify for state as possible.”[penci_image_gallery images=”323237,323239,323240,323241,323242,323243,323236″ auto_time=”4000″ speed=”800″ block_title_align=”style-title-left” custom_markup_1=””]