Strong potential for Olympus wrestling team
With age and experience on their side, Titan wrestlers are looking forward to success this season.
“I am excited,” coach Theros Johnson said. “There are 11 or 12 seniors on the team, who have been with me for three or four years. We also have some young kids, and hopefully, we’ll have a full lineup [a wrestler at every weight category]. I am excited about having, really, a lot of potential.”
The Titans began their season at the Granite District Tournament Nov. 20 and competed in the Titan Duals at Syracuse Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Olympus will wrestle in a region dual meet against Murray Dec. 6, followed by the Clash of the Titans meet at Olympus Dec. 7-8, a dual meet with Herriman Dec. 13, the Viewmont Invitational December 14-15 and a region dual meet with Box Elder Dec. 19.
“We have a lot of tough tournaments scheduled,” Johnson said. “At some weights our wrestlers will face several nationally ranked athletes. We have some outstanding competitors. But the most important aspect of wrestling is the personal growth and development of character an athlete can gain, and how wrestling will help him in his life to make him a better young man.”
With these goals in mind, Johnson has created a new community-level wrestling club this year for youth junior high-aged and older, called the Agoge Wrestling Club. The unusual name is Greek, and refers to the Spartan boys who were trained from age 7 to be warriors and scholars.
The club is open to participants from the Olympus, Skyline and surrounding areas in the Salt Lake Valley and is designed to introduce the sport early on, and provide continuity as athletes train to enter the high school teams.
“We’re hoping to get kids hooked [on wrestling] at a young age,” Johnson said. “We practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and have a tournament each Saturday throughout the year, so there is a chance for young wrestlers to really progress. With brief programs like the Little Titans, [a six-week wrestling clinic for elementary aged wrestlers, taught and run by the high school wrestling team and coaches] kids weren’t exposed to the full experience of wrestling. In the long run, I think it will help the high schools to build their programs and regain their wrestling competitiveness. Olympus has won six state championships in wrestling, but it’s been 30 years since the last one.”