Grapplers prepare for season

 

Last updated 11/30/2021 at Noon



The resurgence of Sisters High School’s wrestling team continues into 2021-22, with a total of 18 athletes turning out for the team thus far according to Gary Thorson, co-head coach and athletic director.

Tre Jarboe has been hired as the other head coach.

Key returnees for the team include three with state meet experience.

Wyatt Maffey, a returning district champion who placed fifth at state will be wrestling in the 152-pound class this year. Carson Brown also competed at state last year and will wrestle at 138 or 145 pounds. Hayden Kunz, who developed tremendously last season and also qualified for state, will compete in the 138-pound class. Henry Rard will lead the team in the 220-pound weight class.

Ben Cooper, who missed last year’s season due to injury, brings experience to the 145-pound weight class as well.

Jarboe is very excited to be involved in the Outlaws program.

“I have wrestled my whole life,” he said. “Nearly every mentor I have ever had stemmed from wrestling. So, naturally, I try to give back the same help and guidance that was given to me.”


He continued, “Our goals as a team revolve around making this a good experience for everyone involved. We want to bring the numbers up, push each other to be better people everyday, and gain support throughout the community.”

Jarboe likes what he is seeing in practice.

“I see a group of athletes who genuinely care about one another,” he said. “Everyone in the room is focused and willing to contribute to each other’s success. I couldn’t be more happy with the effort and dedication these Outlaws have been showing.”


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The team’s first competition is set for Wednesday, December 1, at the six-team Ridgeview Tournament in Redmond where they will face off with wrestlers from La Pine, Henley, Madras, Caldera and the host Ravens.

On Saturday, December?4, Sisters will host the GFP Tournament including 10 teams. Action begins at 10 a.m.

“For those who have never been to a wrestling meet, this would be a great one for local fans to check out,” said Thorson. “Plus, our kids would love to have the support.”

While the Outlaws will see a lot of competition in the Central Oregon region, the team will ultimately compete in Special District 4 for state meet qualification. The special district includes teams from Baker/Powder Valley, Corbett, Gladstone, La?Grande, Madras, McLoughlin/Weston-McEwan and Ontario.


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