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Redmond High wrestlers racking up victories this season
Alex Kudryashov and Chase Simmons both attended J. Robinson’s intensive wrestling camps, the ones that reward athletes with T-shirts that read: “I survived.”
Kudryashov has wrestled at two camps — 14- and 28-day affairs — and Simmons has made it through one two-week session.
Robinson, a former U.S. Army Ranger and 1972 Greco-Roman Olympian, can be proud that the two Redmond High juniors have benefited from his camps and found success on the wrestling mat this season.
“(The camp) really prepared me and showed me what hard work was,” said Simmons, a 126-pounder who was 7-0 at the Reporter’s deadline. “It’s a lot about mental toughness and knowing that I’m just as good, or better, than other wrestlers out there. I’ve put in the work.”
Simmons placed first in his weight class at the recent Nathan Hale High tournament and hasn’t given up a single offensive point this season.
The wrestler noted that he’s good at taking down opponents and he’s confident each time he steps onto the mat.
“He’s pretty relentless — he keeps the pressure on,” Redmond coach Paul Mullen said of Simmons. “And he’s got a little attitude, which is always good.”
As for Kudryashov, he was 11-2 in his 160-pound matches at the Reporter’s deadline. He has seven pins and finished second at the Nathan Hale High tournament.
Coach Mullen said that Kudryashov is a committed, steady and smart wrestler.
“I give 100 percent, even when I’m tired... I just keep going,” said the wrestler, adding that his conditioning, technique and positive mindset are keys to his success.
Overall, the Mustangs placed third at the Nathan Hale High tournament and were 2-1 in 4A Kingco dual meets and 3-4 overall at the Reporter’s deadline.
Also notching first-place honors at Hale were junior Kyle Nazareth (120 pounds), senior Jose Alaniz (132 pounds) and senior Francisco Fuentes (220 pounds).