Rumble in the Arena Highlights Wrestlers

This past Saturday, the Lawrenceville Boys Varsity Wrestling team hosted its annual Rumble in the Arena in the Lavino Field House.

This past Saturday, the Lawrenceville Boys Varsity Wrestling team hosted its annual Rumble in the Arena in the Lavino Field House. The event featured varsity exhibition matches in addition to a ‘sumo suit tournament’ in which House representatives competed to earn House points.

Head Coach John Clore H ’02 began this tradition seven years ago in order to “showcase the wrestling program.” He believes the event provides “an opportunity for people to come out and see some good wrestling” while giving the players a chance to “get competitive matches under their belts before [the team] get[s] into the meat of [its] season.”

On the importance of Rumble in the Arena, Captain Nicholas Clark ’20 said, “Wrestling isn’t necessarily a spectator sport in that people can come watch your matches, so Rumble in the Arena is a good opportunity for the community to see Varsity Wrestling.” Clark added that this year, wrestling “gained a lot of good [II Formers] and the [returning wrestlers] are older and stronger.”

Reflecting on the event’s outcome, Clore believes that the Rumble in the Arena matches were “one of the most competitive intrasquad matches” of the season thus far. Typically, the matchups are “a little more lopsided so having competitive matchups within our team is usually a good sign,” Clore said. In the House Cup Sumo Suit Tournament, an annual tradition of the Rumble in the Arena event, three volunteers from each Circle and Crescent House competed for House points in large, inflatable sumo suits. In the Circle finals, the Cleve House claimed the championship, while the Stephens House won the Crescent finals.

Although the Varsity Wrestling team lost a number of strong wrestlers last year, Clore remains optimistic about the upcoming season.

The team has had a good start to the season, winning both of its first matches last Thursday against Springdale Chestnut Hill Academy and the George School. For Clore, “all of those signs point toward hopefully a good season.”

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