The Eagles headed into the Sectional tournament Friday, Feb. 18 with 11 varsity wrestlers set to compete, each carrying with them the confidence that comes from being the CJ Feature Team of the Week in addition to the 2011 GCL North Champions.
The team, recognized this week by the Spirit Committee for their outstanding achievements on the mat, brought home their third trophy of the season Saturday, Feb. 12 after winning the league meet by 21 and one-half points over second place Carroll High School, good for fifth place amongst all GCL teams. According to teammates Lyle Plummer, ’14, and Josh Marshall, ’11, winning the league was just one goal the squad has worked hard to fulfill this year.
“Under the leadership of Coach Begley, our tough practices have finally been paying off,” said Plummer, league champ in the 103 weight class. Marshall credited his coach as well, adding that in his first year back as head varsity coach at CJ, Begley has succeeded in getting his team to wrestle at the next level.
“We’re a rather young team,” Plummer said. “We only have three seniors and a lot of kids are new to wrestling, but it’s been amazing to watch them all get better.”
The trio of representatives from the class of 2011 include Marshall along with Nick Muhl and Lee Hollis, Jr. (pictured below). Each has been mentoring their underclassman teammates with a unique style of leadership, helping to build upon the program’s tradition of excellence.
“I see myself as a leader by example,” said Marshall, whose brother Aaron is a freshman on the team. He admires his fellow seniors Hollis and Muhl for the hardworking, will-to-win attitudes they try to instill in others.