Chicago – Three freshman wrestlers from Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett, one of the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), are back on campus after waging battle at the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association Wrestling Championships in Rochester, Minnesota. Twin brothers Jameel and Jamal Carter and Angelo Rivera became the first Wright College wrestlers to qualify for the national tournament since 2003.
“Although this was my first time competing at the National level, I am grateful for the opportunity and will continue practicing on improving my skills both mentally and physically,” said Rivera. “I learned that I have to take it one match at a time.”
The team won a total of 3 rounds at nationals, not enough to take home the gold, but a strong showing from young competitors, says their Coach Eric Wetzel, Assistant Director of Athletics and head wrestling coach at Wright College. Wetzel would know; he has known his students since they were pupils in his Chicago Crusader Wrestling Club for 7-14 year olds interested in the fundamentals of wrestling.
In practices these days, Coach Wetzel says the team covers every facet of his formula for success: a guiding philosophy, daily practice plans, effective instructional methods, correct wrestling technique, and winning match strategies. The athletic program at Wright College supplements the academic program and stresses the importance of physical fitness, self-confidence, leadership and teamwork.
“We are committed to providing our students with the opportunities to participate in intercollegiate sports that help them grow personally and socially,” says Wetzel.
All of the wrestlers plan to continue their studies and have their sights set on transferring to a four-year university after their graduation from City Colleges of Chicago. Jameel and Jamal are recent graduates of Uplift Community High School and are currently in the second semester of their freshmen term. Both are studying to meet their general education requirements and remain focused on transferring to four-year universities. Angelo Rivera is a graduate of De La Salle Institute, who is working on his general education requirements towards a degree in Business Management.
To learn more about athletics at City Colleges of Chicago, contact Michael Daigler, Associate of Vice Chancellor of Athletics at 312-553-2735.