Tue09022014

Sports

No room for wrestling

No wrestling room means there is no room for wrestling at Mountain View High.

School parent Bob Capriles, who launched the effort to restart the program, and athletic director Shelley Smith last week confirmed that wrestling wouldn’t be added because the school does not have a spare room to accommodate the sport.

“(Lack of) facilities is the biggest hurdle,” Smith said.

Capriles sent a message to that effect to those interested in reviving the program at Mountain View, which dropped wrestling more than 20 years ago. In it, Capriles wrote: “After a thorough investigation into what is necessary for Mountain View to have a wrestling program, we have encountered an athletic facility constraint that unfortunately is bringing to conclusion our investigation. Without additional indoor athletic facilities at Mountain View High School to support the current programs and wrestling, we simply do not have the safe and appropriate space to accommodate wrestling.”

Sparked by his son’s interest in the sport, Capriles early this year reached out to school officials and the Mountain View High School Sports Boosters about bringing back wrestling. Capriles sought support from those excited about the possibility and said 23 students or parents of students replied positively. He added that Smith collected the names of 17 students interested in wrestling.

But no matter the number of students who want to wrestle, there’s no place to do so at Mountain View – and Capriles understands that. In his message, Capriles wrote, “Though I am disappointed that this is how our investigation has concluded, I know this is the right course of action at this time.”

Capriles noted that Mountain View is the only public high school in Santa Clara County without a wrestling program. Los Altos has a longstanding program, though the number of wrestlers has dwindled in recent years.

Capriles told the Town Crier that he and his family are not interested in having son Davy transfer to Los Altos or any other school. The freshman was an all-league wrestler at Blach Intermediate School.

“From a community level, I’m disappointed for the students at Mountain View who will not be able to wrestle,” Capriles said. “In addition, there are students who will wrestle at Blach, Graham (Middle School) and hopefully at Crittenden (Middle) who will see wrestling end in eighth grade.”

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