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Eagles dominate Grizzles, Bulldogs


Andrew Hines

Arlington's Kristian Fairbanks holds on tight to not allow an escape from the Glacier Peak wrestler at Everett High School on Dec. 8.

On Dec. 8 the Arlington Eagles wrestling team went to Everett High School for a dual meet against the Glacier Peak Grizzlies and the Mount Vernon Bulldogs.

The Eagles came out looking stronger than both teams as most weight classes looked to be manhandling their opponent. After a strong team showing against the Grizzlies, winning by a score of 52-25, Arlington had their eyes set on riding that momentum. They dominated the Bulldogs to end the day with a score of 58-18.

"Everybody has a different mindset going into a match. Some guys, you got to pump them up, and others you have to try and calm them down. Wrestling is the toughest sport in the world. You're out here in a singlet in front of hundreds of people, going man to man, toe to toe, hand to hand combat. It's nerve-racking. One guy wins and one guy loses. You're in front of your friends and family, and there are no other teammates that you can look at to pass on the blame, it's just you," said Arlington Head Coach Johnathon Gilbertson.

With a new head coach and a strong group of wrestlers, Arlington is starting off the season with an out-of-league record of 3-0. Led by dominant performances by Gavin Rork, Jeremy Williams and Kristian Fairbanks, to name a few, the Eagles look like a force going into league matches.

"In my first year I want to set a new mindset for the team and bring them together as a family. We need to make sure they can lead themselves, do the best they can, use the technique they learn in practice and implement it into their matches," said Coach Gilbertson.

If you want to check out the next local meet for the Arlington Eagles they will be matching up with the Marysville Getchell Chargers on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. The meet will be held at Marysville Getchell High School.


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