Wrestling into regionals

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Mustangs wrestling Head Coach Michael Sandler is now in his eleventh year at Delta College.

“The kids — I love working with the athletes and enjoy watching them get better for the next level,” said Sandler.

The Mustangs wrestling practice structure includes a little warm-up, drills and then wrestling and conditioning.

“I have to work hard and think that every opponent is better then me and have to do better in each match,” said wrestler Antoine Lopes.

The wrestlers all have different techniques they love to use when going into a match.

“Take down is my best technique that I use,” said Lopes.

The Mustangs have been up and down all year, but the wrestlers have had some strong moments.

The Mustangs took on Lassen College at Blanchard Gym on Nov. 13.

“Today was a great match.  We had an opportunity to beat Lassen and I think we been wrestling really well lately so I am pretty excited going into regionals,” said Sandler after defeating Lassen.

“Now it is time to focus on minor things and getting better at things that we need to improve on. It’s different for each kid but we’re excited to get ready for regionals and host state the week after,” he added.

The Mustangs have a tournament at Menlo College on Saturday, Nov. 23.

After that is regionals at Lassen College, then it’s state championships, which the Mustangs will host Dec. 13-14 all day at Blanchard Gym.