Every Jaguar wrestler who has won a state title has his picture hanging in the school. Current Northwest High junior Siavash Sarvestani told Jaguars first-year head coach Ferris Bond to make sure there’s space next to last year’s 106-pound champion—and his former practice partner—Yonas Harris for his mug.
Sarvestani, who Bond said is relentless on the mats, always in attack mode, could be undefeated this winter. But his primary concern isn’t win-loss record, Bond said.
Instead, he sought out the highest level of competition in order to best prepare himself for a deep postseason run—and knocked off two of the state’s ranked athletes along the way.
“(Sarvestani) might be the most competitive athlete (I’ve coached),” said Bond, who has been with the program as an assistant coach since 2012-13. “He’s high intensity all the time and driven to get better. He’s always chasing the best competition. And he’s always asking me
after practices what he needs to work on.”
Sarvestani (126 pounds) and senior Jack Thomas (182) are returning state tournament qualifiers and, along with 170-pounder Yoann Olympio, should be in the mix in the later rounds of this year’s season-ending competition, Bond said.
Junior Maggie Palmore, who was unable to participate in the state=sponsored all-female competition earlier this season because she was busy helping the Jaguars to a convincing win over Quince Orchard that weekend, will compete in the 132-pound division at counties, and Bond said he wouldn’t be surprised to see the wrestler place.
Over the summer she earned All American honors by finishing third in the 122-pound division at the prestigious Cadet Nationals tournament in Fargo, North Dakota.
“(Harris) winning last year set a new bar, a new standard,” Bond said. “It shows these kids what they can accomplish. (Northwest) has had someone finish second in the state six or seven times, and we’re trying to change that; when Northwest gets to the finals, we’re going to win.”