The Maricopa High School wrestling team has been improving throughout the season and hopes to have a handful of wrestlers make a run at the state title.
As a team, the Rams have won only four meets. However, certain wrestlers, such as senior Dakota Halverson, have made huge strides toward contention.
“Low numbers are why we don’t necessarily win team matches, but the wrestlers themselves, individually, are very solid,” head coach Erick Fierro said. “As far as state in concerned, I’ve got several kids I think will do really well. We’re showing a lot of improvement, so I have high hopes. I want to say half my boys will get there.”
The Rams hosted their last home meet of the year Wednesday night against Skyline High School and Thunderbird High School. Maricopa lost both matches, but the coaching staff felt the team was at the competitive level they should be.
“Huge improvement from the last time we were home,” Fierro said. “I think we matched up really well against them. I saw a lot of impressive wrestling from my kids and that’s what I wanted to see. I wanted to see improvement.”
The Rams were back in action over the weekend at the Bourgade Invitational at Bourgade Catholic High School in Phoenix. The tournament helped the coaching staff gauge who has a shot at qualifying for the state tournament while letting the wrestlers get a feel for the pace of individual tournaments.