Wrestling may be perceived as just guys wearing tight unitards trying to knock each other down; however, it is a sport that requires time, effort and a strict diet. The wrestlers at AHS are no exception to this, as they have been working extremely hard this season. "It’s a long season, and a grind. All in all it’s been pretty good," senior Zach Stuart said. Stuart wrestled and placed at the home Mendenhall Tournament earlier in the season. But along with seniors such as Sam Peterson, Nathan Twito, and Joe Becerra, a bittersweet ending is soon to come for Stuart. "The end of the season is always fun, wrestling in the big tournaments and everything, but it’s weird to think this is my last time wrestling in them,” Stuart said. “I know I’m going to miss it when it’s done, and it’s going to be weird not wrestling anymore.” Like any other sport, wrestlers love the support from their school. Although it may be an unusual sport to watch, some may find it enjoyable. "Watching wrestling is fun because there’s always something going on at any second,” JV manager Britney Stuart said. “There are matches where everyone is out of their seats, even if they don’t know much about the sport.” An aspect of wrestling that is commonly looked down upon is their diets. Wrestlers must make weight at meets and many people often believe that they starve themselves, which truly isn’t the case. “We still eat,” Stuart said. “We just work hard to manage our weight instead of cut it.” Currently, the wrestling team is looking to advance as many wrestlers possible onto district and state competitions. Districts is Feb. 9 and state is Feb. 14-16. Keep an eye out for the AHS wrestling team as they prepare for their approaching competitions. "We just want to give 100 percent every time we step on the mat,” Stuart said.