Under the direction of Mike Tang, Oceana High School hosted their 8th annual Shark Shootout on Jan. 18. The tournament featured 21 different high schools from across the peninsula ranging from Half Moon Bay and Saint Francis to, of course, Carlmont High School.
Although the Carlmont wrestling team is currently not featured in the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL), this tournament was still important training as they continue to develop as wrestlers and as a team.
As the team continues to grow, Patane has many hopes of returning next year even bigger and better. Within the last few years, Patane has seen massive improvements in Carlmont's wrestling. They no longer have to practice at Sequoia High School and the amount of female wrestlers - and participation in general - has increased dramatically. The team has had good feedback for Patane and Mark Peasley, the assistant coach.
"They're awesome. They're helpful and they're supportive."
said Clayton Monge, junior, in regards to Patane and Peasley.
However, Patane continues to raise his expectations. He hopes to eventually get 30 wrestlers on the team - almost double the team members they have now. Currently, though, Patane is solely focused on this season and getting his team certified in the PAL for next year.
“Most of the wrestlers on the team are new, so they didn’t really have to come out for us, but they just wanted to try it,” Rodriguez said. “And most of them have stayed. I appreciate it.”
Oceana’s Shark Shootout perfectly outlined the strength and endurance that is drilled into each wrestler through hours of practice. However, much to their dismay, after an almost 10-hour long tournament, Riordan High School ranked first place.