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School Sports

Our Division 1 Title 
By: Afsara Monzur 

          Get ready to witness some of the most thrilling and action-packed events as the MLK wrestling team takes center stage! With student-athletes representing our campus, this sport is all about teamwork, sportsmanship, and developing skills to dominate the competition. One more important feature of this sport is that while you are individually competing against your opponent, you still rely on your teammates and coaches to improve.  Everybody on the team, whether you are a contender to win a city title or a 1st year wrestler struggling to learn the skills plays an important part on the team. From the regular season to the championship rounds, every moment is filled with excitement and anticipation!


          Sports can be a powerful teacher of important life skills such as mental toughness, responsibility, and accountability. Well, according to Leo Cepeda, a Junior from Manhattan Hunter Science, wrestling does just that! Leo said “Wrestling has been instrumental in my personal growth, both inside and outside of the classroom. Unlike team sports like basketball, soccer, or football, wrestling is unique in that it's all up to you. You alone can succeed or fail, depending on your efforts. And that's exactly what has instilled a sense of responsibility and accountability in my life. I learned that I must navigate through the tough waves of life and emerge stronger than before. This mindset has helped me excel in the classroom, where I am solely responsible for my grades. And it's also prepared my life outside of school, where every decision I make has consequences. Now, I firmly believe that success or failure is entirely in my hands.” 


          While wrestling has taught a lot of life lessons to many of the players, it has also tremendously shaped our seniors who are currently at Hunter College. According to Alexis Navarro, the captain of the boy's season, “Wrestling has taught me sportsmanship as we have to shake our opponent’s hand as well as their coach’s, this teaches wrestlers to respect everyone including teachers and classmates. As a wrestler, you have to be passing all your classes to even be able to participate. I'm a person who isn’t very fond of school but being able to wrestle and do something I enjoy gives me an incentive to get my work done.” 


          Our wrestling team has done great every single season and always went above and beyond in this sport. While there are ups and downs to everything they always manage to put forward their best work and make many memorable memories. Mr.Klein, the coach for the team, said, “One of my most memorable moments this season was when we managed to win the division title. We had to overcome a lot of obstacles and still managed to come together and had a 6 and 1 record of a division and we had the best record, and I was pleased with that!” We are all very happy about this win for our campus and thank all the wrestlers who contributed so much towards this.

The picture was taken from the @mlkwrestling Instagram page!

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