Wrestling officially underway at BBCC

Wrestling has officially returned to Big Bend Community College!
Wrestling has officially returned to Big Bend Community College!

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Wrestling has made its way back to the Big Bend Community College campus.

The 2018-19 men and women's teams reported for their first official practice Monday, and have eagerly hit the ground running in preparation for duals in early November. The Vikings are starting this first season with 29 wrestlers— 22 on the men's roster and seven on the women's.

The announcement of the return of men's wrestling and the addition of women's wrestling came earlier this summer. Jose Tanguma and Ryan Foster were chosen to lead the men and women's programs, respectively.

The pair spent the summer recruiting and are confident in the teams they have put together.

"I've recruited a lot of strong guys to the team," said Tanguma. "They've been working really hard on pre-season conditioning, and they've really just bonded together, which is what I like to see. I'm excited for this first year of the program."

For Foster, it comes down to the quality of his wrestlers versus the quantity

"From what I've seen from them so far, we have a really good opportunity to put a stamp out there for Big Bend wrestling," said Foster. "These girls know what they're doing. Every day they're getting better and I'm very optimistic."

Both the men and women's teams are competing in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) with the women also competing in the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA).

They both travel to face Eastern Oregon University for their first season dual Nov 3. The Vikings will also face Highline and Grays Harbor before November is through.

The home crowd can get a glimpse of the teams in action before they head out to duals during the Blue and Green challenge at the Peter DeVries Center Oct. 27.  Wrestlers will be competing for the number one and two spots on the team said Tanguma.

The scrimmage will start at 7 p.m.