The Cerritos College wrestling team is coming off a dominant outing at the Santa Ana tournament, and is currently riding a six-game winning streak, making it undefeated for the season.
“Feels good to be on a team that’s on a (six-game) winning streak; good vibe, everyone is on the same page on what we need to work on and stuff,” Steven Fajardo, 165-pound weight class wrestler, said.
Head coach Don Garriott has implemented rest days on Wednesdays so wrestlers have time to refresh their body and wrestle fresh heading into their matches on the weekends.
But with Rio Hondo College on the horizon, the Falcons must come up with a different strategy heading into the Wednesday matchup.
“I’ve never wrestled (Rio Hondo) before, but I believe every opponent should be taken seriously,” Joshua Allen, 170-pound weight class wrestler, said.
Although it may be a slight change in its routine, the wrestling team have built good team chemistry and have bonded both on and off the mat.
“We have good team chemistry (and) bonding. I feel like we’re all good friends,” Fajardo said.
However, coach Garriott worries about the team becoming complacent.
“That’s the main focus we’re working on now because it’s so easy week in and week out to just kind of set the wheels in motion and get bored and stuff, so we’re trying to change things up a lot,” he said.
With a mentality to stay hungry throughout the season, Garriott believes this team is talented enough to go the distance, but stays true to his philosophy of focusing on one match at a time.
“Each time we beat a team or win a tournament, he says that that (doesn’t mean anything) anymore. We have to keep constantly working and be the top dog,” Fajardo describes.
The wrestling team faces off against Rio Hondo College at home on Wednesday at 7 p.m.