Wrestling Nation Wins Another Undefeated Banner

Miguel Suazo and Fred Meyer, Staff Writer

Spring Valley’s toughest students have come together as one to dominate on the wrestling mat.  The wrestlers finished the season with a record of 34 wins and 2 losses.  They are the “Undefeated Southwest Division Champions” for the fourth time in the last five years.  “Wrestling is the greatest sport in the world,” said Coach Fred Meyer. This ancient sport tests the limits of it’s athletes like no other can.

The Varsity and Junior Varsity teams both have the same mission: to win. Coach Meyer’s enthusiasm motivates them to work harder to become the best. Spring Valley junior, Raymond Waters, has already become an All-American in the ASICS/Vaughan Junior & Cadet National Championships, which is a competition for the best high school wrestlers in America.

With approx. 80 wrestlers, many wonder how Coach Meyer has the time and patience to train everyone to be the best of the best. Wrestling is a fun sport, but to Coach Meyer, it’s all about winning. “You can’t have fun if you don’t win.

Rashad Waters, who placed third in the state last year, and who has won over 50 matches this past season has a few pointers for beginners. He said, “If you like a certain sport, then do that sport and become the best.” When asked if it was the greatest sport ever, he chuckled and said, “Well I don’t know about that.” He said when he wrestles, he feels alive. Wrestling also builds their egos because Rashad is absolutely certain he can defeat Coach Meyer in a wrestling match. That will surely be the match of the century.

The guys on the team train intensively and are always striving to become better wrestlers. And they have championships to prove it. They have four Undefeated Southwest Division Championsips in the last five seasons and have defeated every school in Las Vegas and schools from other states as well.  Since they are so determined, I wouldn’t doubt that they will become legends.

Coach Meyer stated “The other teams know that when Spring Valley enters the gym that they are in for a long day.  The guy in blue and white with the Grizzly Paw on his uniform is the toughest kid in the gym and all our opponents know it.”

The 2011 season recently ended and after the dust cleared two Spring Valley Wrestlers achieved All-State Honors.  Trever Siedlecki avenged two losses to Mike Zellner by beating the Bonanza wrestler at the state tournament by a score of 12 to 5.  This enabled Trever to place 4th in the “STATES”.  Ray Waters wrestled in the finals for the second consecutive season, setting a Nevada state record for wins in a regular season by going 72 and 2.  Congratulations wrestlers, on another championship season.