PCHS wrestlers go back to basics
December 12, 2014
A return to the basics has already paid dividends for the Park City High School wrestling team this season.
Instead of going for big-time moves that open wrestlers up for counter-attacks, Park City Coach Tony Pelegrin and Assistant Coach Rick Lindquist are teaching the Miners how to control their matches during the six minutes they’re on the mat.
"So many of the kids try to throw home-run moves, especially in the lower classes," Pelegrin said. "It seems like a good thing, but it actually gets a lot of the kids in trouble."
Pelegrin added that having Lindquist, a former Duke wrestler, on the staff has been a huge help in improving the Miners’ fundamentals.
"Right now, we’re breaking down some of the fundamentals and going back to some of the basics," he said. "The big thing is we’re working on fundamentals like hand control and keeping control from that standpoint."
Senior captain Josh Pelegrin said the results are already showing in competitions.
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"As a team, it’s going really great," he said. "At Juan Diego, our first match, everybody except for two people, including myself, won. I was happy with the results of that."
Pelegrin may not have won his weight class at Juan Diego, but he managed to score a victory at a recent meet at Grantsville. As the only senior on the team, Pelegrin has some lofty goals for his final year at Park City.
"For myself, I want to at least place top-five in state and, if I can, try to win it," he said. "As a team, though, I just want to help everyone be as good as they can."
He added that practices this year have been much more competitive, leading to improvement at all levels.
"A lot of it is that we work well together," he said. "The team bonds really well and I think that’s a key to everyone getting better as an individual."
Tony Pelegrin anticipates that his son will have plenty of company at the state meet when all is said and done.
"I anticipate that several of the kids will qualify for state," he said. "I’m hoping we’ll get to the point where two or maybe three will place in state. I’m confident Josh will place in state and, depending on his matchups and how it goes, who knows? He could even win state. I think Greg [Shagen] can do well, too, if he wrestles the way he can wrestle and doesn’t make the mistakes he’s made in the past."
Tony Pelegrin also thinks Beckett Ricks is capable of having a strong season. Then, he said, there are a lot of young wrestlers with potential.
"Things are going pretty well," he said. "Like always, there are a couple kids picking things up quicker than everyone else. Connor French, he’s picking it up. He’s an athlete and plays lacrosse, so I kind of expected that."
The Miners are at Morgan this weekend for a tournament, but will host their first home meet of the season on Wednesday. Though things have been going well according to the coach, there are always areas the wrestlers can improve in the early going.
"This early in the season, every team can use more strength and conditioning," he said. "Coming out for wrestling, some of them come from other sports and they forget how much effort it takes during the six minutes of wrestling. Even my son, who played football, when he came out for wrestling conditioning, he was surprised at how different the conditioning was."
Park City will also host Morgan on Jan. 21, the second and last home meet of the season.
PCHS Wrestling Remaining Schedule
Dec. 13 — Air Force Duals — at Morgan
Dec. 17 — Ben Lomond Dual — at PCHS
Dec. 19-20 — Desert Storm Invitational — at Dixie
Jan. 2-3 — Best of the West Tourney — at Tooele
Jan. 10 — Braveheart Dual Tourney — at Ben Lomond
Jan. 16-17 — Rockwell Rumble — at UVU in Orem
Jan. 21 — Morgan Dual — at PCHS
Jan. 29 — Region 10 Tournament — at Morgan
Feb. 6-7 — North Division Tournament — TBD
Feb. 13-14 — State Championship — TBD
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