Like other teams across the state, the Boonville Pirates wrestling team got a jump on the season Monday with its first official practice of the 2016 season.
Although the Pirates spent the first-two days conditioning outside, head coach Christian Stock said the numbers are up from last year with 25 out-10 of which are returning letterwinners.
Of course the Pirate wrestlers will have plenty of time to conditioning. Their first meet of the season won’t come until Tuesday, Nov. 29th in a quadrangular at home against Fulton, Fatima and Higginsville.
Stock said the first week of practice has been spent on whole body conditioning. “We have done a lot of short burst sprints with may a bear crawl mixed in, backward bear crawl and crab walk,” Stock said. “We’ve also ran some hills. Really no wrestling drills until today but we are trying to do conditioning a little bit. It’s more than just your legs and your heart that need to be in shape, you have to be at full body strength as well.”
In addition to conditioning, Stock said the wrestlers will also work on fundamentals and start teaching from step 1.
“We start just like you have never wrestled before,” Stock said. “We start with double legs and things of that nature and go with a simple breakdown from the top and simple move from the bottom and then we just start building on that for the rest of the season.”
Next week, Stock said the wrestlers will continue on with the fundamentals and progress more with the advanced moves, especially with the older guys and returners.
“The older guys will move into more advanced stuff while the younger guys will stay with the basics,” Stock said. “This is probably the most experienced group I have had since I took over the program. We have a good solid core.”
Stock is also impressed with the numbers. He said just like football, the freshmen class is a big group.
“We have some kids that came out for the first time wanting to see what it’s about,” Stock said. “Whether those numbers will stick or not we’ll see because we have been on the mat until today.”