The Palm Desert High School wrestling team is trying to repeat as Desert Valley League champions this year, after upsetting La Quinta last season for the first time in years.
So far so good, as the Aztecs are undefeated thus far in DVL dual meets.
The Desert Sun spoke to one of Palm Desert’s newest arrivals on the team, 132-pound sophomore Billy Weaver:
QUESTION: How did you first get involved in wrestling?
ANSWER: I did jujutsu for a while and I played a lot of football, but mainly jujutsu and my friend got me into wrestling one day and I’ve been wrestling ever since the eighth grade.
What is it about the sport that keeps you coming back?
I like the aggression and I like the hard work it takes to put in and I like the fast pace of the sport.
What’s your record so far this year?
I just started because I had to sit out because I transferred schools, so I’m 6-2 right now.
Where’d you transfer from?
Why’d you do that?
I just felt like I wasn’t getting what I needed there and I felt like I had better partners at this school.
For the wrestling?
Yes. I felt like I wasn’t getting all that I needed from the wrestling and I felt like I had better partners here to practice with.
So you’ve been going to Palm Desert since the beginning of the school year?
I went to La Quinta for two months this year and I transferred over.
How do you like Palm Desert?
I like it a lot.
Any other hobbies besides wrestling?
I do jujutsu still, I’m a green belt. I’ve been doing that for about eight years.
Do you do it simultaneously with wrestling?
No, in the off season.
Do you feel like that keeps you in good wrestling shape?
Yes, it gives you good hip movement and it teaches you a lot of patience and discipline.
What’s the main difference between jujutsu and wrestling?
Well, in jujutsu you can’t get pinned. In jujutsu you can get submitted by choking or putting pressure on the joints, but it’s much slower paced.