by Eric Oslund
The Zimmerman Thunder’s 2016-17 season got off to a great start, as they were able to take second place out of 13 teams during a tournament in Foley on Dec. 9.
It was not the outcome that head coach Mark Hayes envisioned when they started the matches, as they only wrestled seven guys in 14 open weight classes. But the wrestlers left their coach “pleasently surprised,” when Evan Carr, Kalib Kliever and Justin Robinson all took first in their weight classes; Joe Montplaisir took second; Will Pouliot took third and Jacob Waalk took fifth. Their seventh wrestler was forced to injury-forfeit his final two matches.
Unfortunately, their first home meet on Dec. 6 did not go as smoothly for them because they were missing two wrestlers with injuries and another one left early due to an illness.
“(Dec. 6) was tough,” head coach Mark Hayes began. “Of our true varsity guys, we have two that are injured and one that went home sick, so we were down to just four or five of our regular varsity guys. We had to bump some JV guys into the lineup and gave up quite a few forfeits with that. Last night was, I think we lost 60-15 with that. My regular JV guys did wrestle pretty well. We went 3 out of 5, so that part was good.”
The Thunder’s next meet is in Mora on Friday and then Andover on Saturday. Hayes was expecting at least two of his wrestlers to return to action, so believed his team should perform better.