Lone senior looks to leave it all on mat
Wrestling for the last time in his home gym, senior Alex Bertollt was honored at the Arlee Mixer on Friday, Jan. 29. Being the only senior on the Arlee Warrior wrestling team, Bertollt has found himself in a leadership position for his younger teammates.
“We are a really young team this year,” Bertollt said. “It is my job to try and keep the team in line and point them in the right direction.”
This year Bertollt has a record of 25-2 and an overall career record of 156-38. Last year he finished third at state and in 2014 finished sixth.
Bertollt has also been an All-State wrestler for the past two seasons.
Teammate Tyler Potts has appreciated Bertollt being a leader for himself and other Arlee wrestlers.
“He has given us a lot of experience,” Potts said. “Alex takes the time to help us with our wrestling skills and he also teaches us to be better as a person in general.”
Along with Potts, Head Coach Ken Hill has enjoyed his lone senior being a role model for this year’s wrestling program.
“While we are coaching him to the next level, he is coaching underclassman to the next level,” Hill said. “It is like having another coach in the gym.”
Hill is impressed with the amount of improvement he has seen in his wrestlers since the beginning of this season, however “practices are still tough,” Hill said. Aware that this squad is young, Hill is looking at the future of his program.
“We are still conditioning and working on the basic skills,” Hill said. “I am trying to improve our athletes skills for not only this year, but next year as well.”
As the season is coming to an end, Bertollt is still working on perfecting his wrestling in order to succeed at the end of the season.
“I am constantly working on my take downs,” Bertollt said. “I also need to be better on my feet. The better you are on your feet, the better wrestler you are.”
Bertollt would like to wrestle as a walk-on at the collegiate level, but is focusing on finishing his final season as an Arlee Warrior on top.
“I want to leave it all on the mat,” Bertollt said. “That is where my mind is at.”
Arlee Warriors will head to Divisionals on Saturday, Feb. 6, in hopes of making it to State. For area youth wrestlers, Arlee will be hosting a Little Guy mid-junior level mixer Tuesday, Feb. 23; a beginner/novice wrestling mix Thursday, Feb. 25; and on Saturday, Mar. 12, will be hosting a Unit 2 Little Guy wrestling tournament.
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