Wrestling team maintains undefeated season



Toss him Sophomore Caleb Fasick wrestles at 126 lbs against Philipsburg-Osceola’s Junior Nick Courdriet. Altoona won 44 to 23.

Nicole Hawk, Guest Writer

The wrestling team has maintained an undefeated season so far. 

The team has a busy week with three matches scheduled.  On Feb. 3 they came out on top defeating Hollidaysburg 36 to 33.  They faced Dubois and Tyrone later in the week. 

BONES is a word used at the wrestling practices daily. The meaning behind BONES is divided into three different bones. The backbone, being tough and sometimes doing things you don’t want to. Wishbone, putting in time to achieve goals and having a dream of being a champion.  and funny bone, last don’t take everything too seriously and have fun. Gilbert puts these three ideas into practice and reminds the wrestlers of the BONES idea. 

“This season has been very different from last year. We are constantly meeting, checking temperatures, asking if they have any symptoms and reminding the wrestlers of precautions to take during this pandemic,” Gilbert said “Wearing a mask while wrestling isn’t easy yet it’s a must if we want to stay safe and to keep sports while in the middle of this horrible pandemic.” 

Everyone on the team has been showing up to matches and practices consistently. Ten seniors are on the wrestling roster this year. Winning is becoming easier every match for the wrestling team with the team’s full roster this year.

 “After years of doing this we have built a very strong support system for one another,” Fasick said

Fasick is currently the most improved wrestler. While accomplishing this goal, he also finished first place in the Big 7 tournament Jan. 23 at the AAHS. He and a few of his teammates were taken to the Powerade Tournament in Monroeville, Pittsburgh this past weekend. The tournament is one of the best in the nation and has top wrestlers that Pennsylvania and Ohio have to offer. 

The team hopes to continue their undefeated season.