by Darian Drake

Here I am writing my first column. I’ve been avoiding this because I had no idea what to write about, but I decided that I needed to figure it out.

Wrestling has been a huge part of my life since I was little because my brother started wrestling in pre-school, so I would have been in first or second grade. My love for wrestling has grown so much since then; I didn’t know I could love a sport that I’m not in so much.

I’ve met so many great people through wrestling that I cherish to this day including one of my good friends from Norwalk that wrestles. She has made me appreciate girls wrestling because I have watched her improve her skills, and it is so much fun. She even tried to get me to wrestle once, but my parents said no.

In middle school I was told that the wrestlers needed a manager, and I knew I wanted to do it. I needed someone to do it with me, and I will never forget the day that I asked in P.E. who wanted to and Kinsey’s hand shot up. We have grown so close from wrestling, and I couldn’t be more thankful to have her in my life.

High school wrestling has by far been the best experience with wrestling I’ve had. I never liked waking up early, but for the Saturday tournaments when I have to wake up at six I’m okay with it. Wrestling season is by far the best months of the school year, but it goes by so fast.

State wrestling is my absolute favorite part of wrestling! The feeling of being in an arena with thousands of people, who have a love as big as mine for the sport, is an experience that is indescribable. State is coming up next week, and I can’t wait for it.

Having my brother Payton in high school this year is fun and having him in wrestling is even better. He did so well this year, and I couldn’t be more proud of him. He came into this year ready to wrestle, and he has improved so much. I loved watching him every match and being able to be a part of his wins. His season fell short, but that isn’t going to stop him from trying hard and coming back next year ready for anything, and I can’t wait to see what he achieves next year.

I hope to see you all at State wrestling next week cheering on the PCM wrestlers because if you’ve never been there, then you’re in for a treat. You can catch me most likely squirming in my seat and jumping up and down watching a close match. So, good luck, wrestlers, and being one of your managers is something I will forever cherish.