It’s not often that sports teams are able to travel outside of the country to compete in tournaments but Oct. 31 the women’s wrestling team traveled to British Columbia, Canada to start their season off at the Clansmen International tournament.

Although it was a rough tournament, the women were able to pull through with a few wins.

“Even though we might not have come up with the best wins,” said junior Bailey Martinez. “We were successful in a different way in seeing the improvements that we need to make.”

Two out of four girls who competed are freshmen and so the women’s team is young and Martinez said the tournament helped to build experience and confidence during competitions.

“Most of the girls haven’t been at any college level competitions and it’s a lot different,” said Martinez. “Even though we might not have come up with the best wins, we were successful in a different way in seeing the improvements that we need to make.”

This will have been the second time that the women’s wrestling team has travelled to compete in the Clansmen International and Martinez said the experience has shown to be helpful. This season the team will be participating in more tournaments than in previous years to give the women more experience in competitions.

The tournament provided the team with the ability to gauge just where they are at in their training and where they need to be to be successful in their competitions said Martinez.

Although the team now has an idea of what they need to work on, Martinez said wrestling is something that needs constant work, practice and commitment.

The trips that the teams make throughout the season are a good way for the members to not only get to know one another while they are on a greyhound bus for eight plus hours but alsoto help raise team morale.

“[Travelling] is good for the team because we get to spend more time together,” said Martinez. “We get closer as a team.”

The women’s wrestling team will compete in a home tournament Nov. 9.

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