Wrestling team tackles post season competition

Carlyn Schmidgall, Senior Writer

Liberty’s wrestling team graduated three state placers— including a state champion— last June, leaving the team without the majority of its veteran members. Nonetheless, Liberty’s young wrestling team is optimistic as it enters post-season competition.
The team’s roster is composed primarily of freshmen, providing the opportunity for the team’s youngest members to contribute.
“Of the 11 weight classes we fill, seven of them are freshmen,” Coach Darren Tremblay said. “It’s been amazing to see them progress throughout the season.”
Despite the team’s inexperience, the team has been successful thus far, finishing 4-2 in KingCo regular season competition.
The coaches attribute this success to the team’s strong leadership from its senior captains, particularly Kyle Armstrong. Armstrong suffered a traumatic brain injury in a mountain biking accident, preventing him from wrestling until June.
“Kyle is at every practice and match, doing what he can to help the team. The team really looks up to him,” Coach Darren Tremblay said. “His leadership has been tremendous and we wouldn’t be where we are without him.”
The 2A Sub-Regional Tournament, the first meet of the post-season, was held February 6 at Highline High School. The team finished third place overall and qualified ten individuals for the Regional Tournament next weekend. As the competition gets tougher, the team plans to maintain their focus and build on their success.
“Our mindset is really hopeful,” Armstrong said. “This is the year to see who is next. Who is going to be the next super star?”
Next, Liberty will host and compete in the Regional Tournament on February 13, where the team hopes to finish in the top-three and qualify at least three individuals for state. The WIAA 2A Wrestling State championships will be held February 19-20 at the Tacoma Dome.