Sheldon Goes Out With A Bang!

EL senior Sheldon Bang wrestles Dakota Jacques from Mountain Valley, Dec. 14, 2013, in the 138lb weight class. – Photo Courtesy of Sheldon Bang

Sheldon Bang, senior at Edward Little High School, ended his final wrestling season with his 100th match victory on Jan. 15, and on Feb. 15 he became the Class A State Champion.

Bang has been wrestling on and off for around nine years, five of them with a youth wrestling program and the other four high school. “I love the competition. No other sport matters as much on an individual level as wrestling does, in my opinion,” Bang said. “When it comes to performance it’s just your skill against the other opponents skill, your success doesn’t depends on how well the rest of the team performs.”

Sheldon, along with his brothers Steven, Shawn, and Skyler, started wrestling as child. “We all started wrestling at the young age, following in our father’s footsteps who also wrestled in high school,” Bang said. 

“I started youth wrestling when I was about five, but didn’t stick with it in middle school because when I moved here, Auburn Middle School didn’t have a wrestling program,” Bang said. “My freshman year of high school my brothers, Steven and Shawn, and our close friend Connor Murphy, talked to the athletic director about wrestling. He told us we could wrestle as independents with the Oxford Hills High School team because they’re the same class we are.”

Due to the fact Edward Little does not have an official team, they have to practice at Oxford Hills. Currently the wrestlers for EL are Skyler Bang, Mike Williams, and Sheldon Bang. “Every day we drive to Oxford, which on average takes thirty minutes. This causes us to miss the beginning of practice, but we do it because it’s the only way for us to wrestle. For this reason it would be nice to see a wrestling team at EL, creating the opportunity to have more people wrestle and a full day’s practice,” Bang said.

“Every practice starts the same, with stretching, then wrestling drills to get warmed up. After, we usually do cardio by running up stairs or sprints down the hall. Typically we will live wrestle after cardio with our teammate or drill wrestling moves,” Bang said.

With all the work they do with Oxford Hills, it’s no surprise that the two teams have become close. “We all feel like apart of the Oxford Hills team,” Bang said. Although they practice with Oxford Hills, they score points on their own individual level and are not technically a part of that team.

Wrestling is more of an individual sport rather for EL rather than a team effort, mainly due to the lack of members. “We are from Edward Little, but wrestle as independents meaning we are not officially a team. However, it would please all of us who have participated in wrestling for EL to see a team eventually come about.”

Bang said his favorite experience would have to be the sense of pride after tournaments. “I feel I’ve done a great job and wrestled much better than I expected,” he said.

When the Class A State Championships came around mid-February, the second-seeded Bang was ready, but nervous.

“I made my way to the finals, but had to wrestle Skowhegan’s 132 pound wrestler Julian Siros, who I have lost to three or four times at previous tournaments during the year.” Despite the tough competition, Bang rose to the top. “I beat him seven to three, winning the Class A State Championships.”

Bang’s passion for the sport will not just end after he graduates this year. “Having a love for the sport, I definitely will continue wrestling in college,” Bang said.

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