The Justin-Siena wrestling team is hoping its new look, with two-piece uniforms, will help coach Jason Guiducci in his mission to bring the sport back to its past glory at the school.
“The general thought behind the national change is the belief that the new uniforms will help encourage more kids to participate in wrestling,” Guiducci said. “Too often we’ve heard individuals say ‘I’d wrestle if it weren’t for the uniforms.’ This revolutionary move takes that excuse out of the equation and can only be a draw for this amazing sport.”
The Braves’ three returning seniors, all in their fourth seasons with the program, love the new threads.
“When I heard the news that we were getting new uniforms for wrestling, I was ecstatic,” said Joe Karch. “The all-white singlets did not really cut it for me, but the new wave of compression gear in the wrestling looks and feels pretty good.”
Said Victoria Su, “I’ve always been wary about singlets, especially as a girl, so it’s awesome to have a uniform that makes me more comfortable while I’m wrestling. I’m happy our team is one of the first to try it out because just like the rest of the world the sport of wrestling is always evolving. I mean just 30 years ago the idea of girls wrestling was crazy.”
Added Wriley Sedgwick-Robles, “These two-piece uniforms are a great change for us wrestlers, which offer a new and different experience for those of us who have been wrestling with the same singlet for year after year. I love the new colors and the Justin-Siena logos on both the top and bottom parts of the outfit. I’m also very excited to be one of the first wrestlers to try out these new uniforms, which are quite comfortable and pleasing to the eye.”
Ironically, not every Guiducci likes the new uniforms.
“Both my sons, who’ve wrestled since they were small, don’t see the hype,” Guiducci said. “They claim they may stick with singlets. We’ll see.”
Vintage High head coach Travis Newton said most of his wrestlers feel the same.
“My kids want to wear the singlets,” Newton said. “However, we plan on getting the combat shorts (because) potentially more kids might wrestle. More than likely, people are going to have one less excuse for not wrestling.”
Rick Manibusan, who is moving up from assistant coach to head coach at American Canyon this winter, said his program is not switching to the new uniforms yet.
“I don’t know anything about those products, but they were designed to give the wrestlers the choice of comfort and no anxiety of wearing tight one pieces,” he said, adding that they “look pretty cool.”
Guiduccu said Justin-Siena students are welcome to sign up or just watch a practice Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Dining Hall immediately after school.