These are busy times for Woodinville coach Todd Christensen and his Falcon wrestlers.
With the new season on the verge of starting, Christensen’s son Ryan just inked a Letter of Intent to wrestle next year for the University of Wisconsin. He will receive a full ride scholarship.
"Ryan narrowed it down to five schools," coach Christensen said. "It was Michigan, Stanford, Virginia, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He really enjoyed the coaching staff and the team there at Wisconsin. He felt like it was a place where he can do well.
"He wants to study mechanical engineering and they have a good program there. So he felt like it would be a good place for school goals as well.
"He also liked Madison," Christensen said. "He liked the climate there. Not necessarily the weather, but the attitude of the people and the way they are around there. We are very happy as a family as well. Very excited."
As for the current Woodinville wrestling team, the Falcons open the season against Roosevelt this Thursday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. at Roosevelt High School.
The Woodinville Weekly will be there to report on the results.
Reasons for optimism abound, as evidenced when the Falcons recently sent three wrestlers to a pre-season tournament in Oregon.
"They went down to the Pacific Junior Open," Christensen said. "A very competitive tournament; kids from all over Oregon and Washington show up. Everett Bingisser won his weight class (at 165 pounds). Ryan won his weight class (at 195 pounds). Dalton Mann didn’t place, but he wrestled very well against very high level competition. He won two matches with a pin and a major decision."
Looking at the big picture, Christensen is fired up.
"It’s shaping up to be a pretty good year," he said. "Cole Morrison and Ridge Peterson and those guys wrestled all summer long pretty much on their own, and lifted.
"They’re very excited for the year. Every team gets twelve practices to get there and to get the sophomores up to speed, and that’s what we’re doing right now."
It all kicks off Thursday night.