By Ambar Pena and Claudia Casiano-Iglesias
What would you do if you see someone bleeding and with a broken nose? Well, that happened to one of the wrestlers at the NJ State Wrestling Tournament. On March 9, the best elementary and middle school wrestlers competed at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton. You win 4 rounds to be state champion!
Two student reporters from Luis Munoz Rivera Community Middle School attended the tournament to write a story about our wrestlers Dream Edmond-Hemingway (7th grade) and David Britt (8th grade). We were super happy to be there because it was our first time working as a reporter, and it was also our first time at a wrestling competition. But to get a close view we had to do a lot of things. The security guards were super strict, but with a little help from a teacher we got to the first floor where the wrestlers were.
We saw a lot of crazy things, and one of the highlights was seeing all the wrestlers trying their best. Even though Dream and David lost both their matches, they tried their best because it was obvious that wrestling is something they like, and something that describes them. When we interviewed Dream and David they told me they were nervous, and us being there made them even more nervous! They promised themselves that they were going to do their best. To get to States they won 1st and 2nd place at the Mercer County Tournament, and by their faces I can say that they were super happy, and proud of themselves.
The night before the match, we watched a video to have an idea about what was going to happen at the wrestling match. I learned what a pin is, what a take down is, what an escape is, and what a reversal is. Ok, you don’t know what I’m talking about……. Wrestling is super complicated right!!!
From our point of view, wrestling is a violent sport. When we went to the match, we found out that girls are also allowed to wrestle! We were very surprised, and they even let girls wrestle boys! Some girls were very young, and an elementary school girl cried because she didn’t win.
A young boy broke his nose while he was wrestling! Even though a lot of bad things can happen while playing this sport, some people have the passion, they were born to wrestle. Coach Jason Sabol, from Rivera Middle School, and Coach James Ware, Coach Elliot Simon, and Coach Mark Bossie from Trenton Youth Wrestling are very proud of Dream and David!
“Our Rivera guys started last year,” said Rivera wrestling Coach Jason Sabol. “A lot of the other wrestlers here, they have been wrestling since three or four years old in clubs year-round. The fact that David and Dream can get to states is good.”