First-year head coach Matt Mecham is excited for the season to start. He has 14 girls on the team, up from seven last year, and is looking forward to a great year.
“We’ve got a great mix of returning state placers and new wrestlers on the team this year. I fully expect both to contribute to the success of our team,” Mecham reported. “We’ll get our first test of the year when Cedar Valley comes on Wednesday. It will be a good opening match.”
Mecham’s team will be competing in Utah’s second season of sanctioned girls wrestling. “Last year was a great kick off for girls wrestling, and it has only grown from there,” he shared. “We will see bigger and bigger teams each year as schools build their girls programs. We are excited to come closer to filling all 14 of the weight classes on our team.”
Returning state champion, senior Hannah Broderick is thrilled with her team and thinks they can make some waves at the state tournament. When asked about her chances to repeat as a champion this year, she remarked, “I just want to improve my abilities and hopefully, I can bring home another individual title. I want to take it one match at a time and get better with each match. As I do this, I want to help build our team. We’ve got a great team that I think can bring home a team state title because we have a lot of potential and ability on the team we have right now.”
“It’s going to be a great year, and I’m excited to help build on the foundation Coach Evans and Coach Yates put down last year,” Mecham concluded. “We hope to increase our state placers and bring home more state championships to Grantsville, but more importantly, as coaches we’d like to see our athletes gain a better sense of confidence on the mat, enjoy wrestling so much that they want to continue, and work to find a desire to improve each match. If we can achieve these three things, the season will be a success.”