Pinning down new blood for Skyline

 Coach James Haddon and Skyline wrestler Eric Helmstreit spar at practice. The team is recruiting athletes to wrestle at Skyline and help slam the team to success in the upcoming season.   ()

Coach James Haddon and Skyline wrestler Eric Helmstreit spar at practice. The team is recruiting athletes to wrestle at Skyline and help slam the team to success in the upcoming season. ()

Skyline’s wrestling team is preparing for the fall season, recruiting now until about a week into school trying to find the wrestlers needed to make the upcoming season an accomplishment.

Last season, the team had to overcome the disadvantage of being a small team. They had to forfeit matches because there were not enough wrestlers to be in each class. This year they are hoping that by getting an earlier start, they will be able to get enough people on the team. Coach James Haddon is optimistic all his recruiting will pay off.

“Ideally we’d have 25 people,” Haddon said. “I think we will. In junior college you never really know who’s coming until they’re here.”

Haddon took a year off from coaching and returned late last season. In the year Haddon was taking a rest, Coach Braumon Creighton took over as coach. Creighton left to take a higher position in San Mateo and Haddon came back ready to coach Skyline to victory.

Two days a week, Skyline alumni wrestlers, recruitments and team hopefuls have been practicing together, but no one is certain yet whom the final team will consist of.

“I don’t really know what the recruiting team looks like,” Skyline alumni Eric Sorenson said.

The matches for the Trojans start in early September.