Getting back to the mats

Cannon Falls High School Wrestlers are adapting to the oddities of this year’s winter season. As independent as the sport was, it has become even more independent.


Calvin Singewald, one of the few wrestlers who currently goes undefeated, gets ready to face another competitor.

This year’s Bomber Wrestling team is ready to rise up to the challenge. Not only do the players have to wear masks and comply with the six foot social distancing rule whenever possible, the team’s season was cut short to create less contact with other teams. Sophomore, Gavin Peterson, is grateful to be back up and running. He states that he is “very grateful that we are even able to compete and practice this season.” Peterson also appreciates the people behind the scenes who are making all of this possible for any and all athletes to get back out and do what they love. Mental adversities come with such a twist in a sport season. “I felt I also had to train myself mentally knowing that I might not be able to compete and being okay with that,” states Peterson.

Although the players haven’t been able to get in and practice with their teammates as much, they’re finding some other opportunities to stay in shape for the winter season. Sophomore, Jonathan Banks, found it helpful to just stay in the comforts of his home and workout, along with keeping up the habits of his previous football season in the fall. The strength and conditioning that came with football really helped keep Banks in shape for the wrestling season. Peterson stayed active in the off season by training in a wrestling facility in Northfield, “getting as much mat time in as possible.” 

As the wrestling season kicks off in 2021, the Bombers have fallen to a slow start with a team record of 1-4, with their most recent match resulting in a team win against St. Agnes. Banks looks to improve this season as he started with an individual record of 2-3. Peterson has had a strong start to the season with a 5-0 record. To help safely support the Bombers this season while battling the COVID-19 outbreak, the fans at the meets are limited per athlete. The Bombers will face off against Goodhue and Lakeville South in a Triangular on Thursday, January 28th.