Rogers High School junior Beau Shatto finished third last month in the Class 4A 120-pound weight class during the Mat Classic XXVI state tournament at the Tacoma Dome.
The first thing he did after the event was to visit Frisko Freeze in Tacoma for a double cheeseburger and french fries.
The wrestling season, which begins in early November and concludes in late February, is a time when wrestlers eat the healthiest of meals and physically push themselves in order to get the best results.
Shatto said he couldn’t wait to treat himself in the days that followed the Mat Classic.
“I had three cheeseburger meals in a 24-hour period,” he said. “ I went to Frisko Freeze on Saturday, Red Robin on Saturday night and the new Bob’s Burgers restaurant on Sunday.”
Rogers head coach David Johnston said the team’s end-of-season gathering at Old Country Buffet at the South Hill Mall has been a tradition for the past decade.
“It’s a great way to celebrate the season,” Johnston said. “A lot of the wrestlers are reducing their body fat intake through the season. This is a fun day for us and is something that builds team bonding.”
The Rams finished seventh as a team at Mat Classic when they recorded a school-record 81 team points.
“We thought we had a chance, and we thought we had potential going into the season, but until you go through the duration of the season, you don’t know what you have,” Johnston said. “It seemed like, as the season went on, we just kept picking up speed. The kids got more excited, the coaching staff got more excited, and we gained confidence with every dual match and tournament.
“We put it all together toward the end of the season,” he said. “When you get to the postseason, you want your wrestlers to peak at the right time, and a lot of them did that.”
Shatto, who gained seven pounds in the four days between the Mat Classic and the Rams’ visit to Old Country Buffet, said going through the season on a diet is tough.
“You look at a lot of food and say to yourself, ‘That looks pretty good,’ but you can’t eat it,” he said. “On top of that, you work out hard, and that makes you even more hungry. Now I can eat anything I want.”
Rogers senior Jovanis Rodriguez reported for the first day of practice at 163 pounds, but at the Mat Classic, he was down to a trim 152.
Rodriguez, who won one match at the state tournament, said he wrestled in the 152- , 160- , 171- and 182-pound weight classes at various times throughout the season to strengthen the Rams’ starting lineup in dual matches.
He also had a huge meal on Saturday night following the Mat Classic.
“I went to Famous Dave’s,” Rodriguez said. “It was happy hour, so I got my basket of rib tips and also had some buffalo wings. I hadn’t eaten that in a while.”