Panthers got another head start on the season by competing in the 2nd Annual Black n' White Inner Squad at West Ottawa High School. Although a few of the team was elsewhere at an orchestra concert; the ones that did remain put on a great show for the youth team, the parents, the fans, and the alumni. Though this was just a fun night to get the team more matches, it also serves as a guiding light for the coaches when looking to put together the initial starting line up.
The Panthers wrestle on the road next on Wednesday December 7th against #7 Hesperia and Allendale.
The West Ottawa Panthers will keep the hammer at home for the second a straight year. Hosted by Holland this year, the Battle for the Bridge is a friend scrimmage where both team match up wrestlers to get in a few exhibition matches prior to the start of the season. A sledgehammer is a spirit award given to the team that wins the most matches. This year, the Panthers squeaked by, winning 16 to 14 matches against the Dutch.
The Panthers return to the mats November 29th for their Black n' White Inner Squad at home.
Often a wrestler can find himself drowning in outside sources. Voices pulling from opposite direction. All the weight of the outside world can cripple the best athletes. But not for senior Ethan Garcia. We caught up with Garcia prior to the start of the season and discussed not only his iron clad will, but he laser like focus going into his last year as a Panther.
The Fall Training Camp was a great opportunity to get wrestlers in the West Michigan area together to train and compete on the national level.
BATTLE CREEK, MI
Several West Ottawa wrestlers got a head start on the season by competing at the 2016 Border Wars Nationals this past weekend at Kellogg Arena.This was the last big event before the official start of the season. Jace Garza ('17) bumped up and placed 2nd. Julian Jimenez ('19) placed 3rd as well as Ethan Garcia ('17).
Practice begins November 14th at 3pm in the North Building.