Wrestler continues long family tradition
December 8, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Brooklyn Flint
Coming off a fifth place finish at last year’s district tournament, McNary senior Garrett Wampler is heading into his seventh year of wrestling.
Wampler became interested in wrestling in middle school when he was introduced to it by a friend of his. “I had a friend back in 6th grade… he was an eighth grader at Whiteaker and he told me about it,” Wampler said.
Wampler was also inspired by his family. “They all wrestled in high school and college so I kinda took it from them,” he said.
Wampler described wrestling as an exciting sport because it is 1 on 1 which is different from other sports that need multiple people.
Led by coach Jason Ebbs, Wampler looks forward to continue wrestling and do his absolute best to improve.
“He is a goofball but he is fun and he has a good heart. He knows what we are trying to do and he tries to help everybody on the team have a good time and have fun doing it even though wrestling is a lot of hard work,” Ebbs said.
Even though wrestling is a strong suit of Wampler, he also enjoys other things. “I like hunting and fishing and just hanging out with my friends, stuff like that,” he said. The young athlete also enjoys playing lacrosse.
“Why wouldn’t you get involved with wrestling? It’s the only place in school where you’re allowed to throw a fight and not get in trouble… There are rules so no one really gets hurt too bad and we all come back and do it again the next day,” Ebbs said.
Wrestling is a very competitive sport but it brings a lot of attention to students everywhere because it brings you closer together.
“I’ve always thought about it so I decided to try it,” Wampler said.
“Your job is to find the most difficult thing you can do in life, figure out how to do and not worry about getting upset because you didn’t win or you weren’t first place at the tournament. Your job was to take yourself to a tough spot and do the best you can, go home, and be proud of your effort and what you did and pick it up and do it again next day,” Ebbs said.
Photo courtesy of Molly McDonald