Let the competition begin!  I’m excited to see the team wrestle tonight.  Last week, I was impressed at how hard the team practiced together. 

As I watched them all do push-up sets down the length of the gym, I felt respect growing: in me for all the new wrestlers jumping in with both feet to those grueling practices (do they know at they signed up for??); and in the team for each other as they watched everyone execute the excruciating exercises. 

 

Tonight, on the mats, under the pressure of opposing teams, coaches’ expectations and the unknown outcome of each match, I suspect more respect will grow, this time, within each player for what they realize they actually can do… fight on Issaquah Eagles!  

Contributed by Heather Strassell, Grant Strassell’s mom

 

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