Q: How long have you been wrestling, and what inspired you to join?
Sam Kirschenbaum (12): "For six years. A family friend [got me into it]."
Gavin Murray (11): "Since seventh grade. One of my friends [inspired me to] — AJ."
Kelvin Snell (10): "For four years. My dad forced me to join in middle school, but I enjoy it now."
Yusof Yanik (10): "For four years. [Wrestling] was just something I did in middle school."
When it comes to his goals for the team, Coach Regidor keeps it simple: be the best possible. Regidor holds his team to high standards, and is diligent on checking in when he notices slips in academics or work ethic.
“Whether we have 20 guys or five guys [on the team], I’ll turn them into the best wrestlers I could possibly do in the amount of time I’m given,” Regidor said.
One of his goals for the team this year is practicing mental focus: he wants his wrestlers to be ready to bring the intensity and a 100 percent of their effort when working out.
“Our team is really friendly with each other -- this is the most cohesive team we’ve had in a long time,” Regidor said. “When they see each other, they’re like kindergarteners on the playground. Getting them to focus is a huge part.”
He has seen an improvement in the last few competitions, however.
“We come out swinging, and the intensity is there,” Regidor said. "Our goal is just to outwork the guy on the other side of the mat.