We close out the 1st semester at home on Saturday at noon, wrestling 3 duals against Liberty, Princeton and Merchant Marine. We hope to see everyone there. admission is free and all the Bearcats will be in action. Plenty of giveaways as well.
Yesterday, the Bearcats kept up with the early season grind, heading to Penn State to take on some of the best wrestlers in the NE. The team continues to show improvement as hard work is paying off for many young Bearcats.
125 – The team is still looking for someone to step up and provide some consistency here. The bad news is we are depending on three freshman to get it done. The good news is freshman eventually become sophomores and all three are talented kids. We have high expectations for this weight 2nd semester.
133 – Garret Morabito could not have had a worse start to his career then he did last week at the NE duals. In hindsight, he may have come back from an injury too early. Yesterday he showed why we wanted him so badly out of HS. The redshirt frosh went 4-2 and placed 7th. He lost to the eventual champ in the 1/4s 3-1. He seems to have turned a corner and learned from his poor performance last week. We think Garret is going to be great.
141 – Anwar Goeres put together a great event, going 4-1 to place 3rd. His only loss was to the eventual champion 4-3. Anwar is an early candidate for Most Improved as he is winning matches easily that he would have lost last year. He started the season as the top ranked 141lber in our conference and, save one match at the Body Bar, he has wrestled like it all semester.
149 – Donnie Vinson went 6-1 to place 6th. Donnie is one match away from having a great event every weekend. He has an impressive 19-4 record as a RS- fresh, but has yet to wrestle to his ability. We are excited to be in his corner when he does put it all together.
157 – Justin Lister was banged up from the duals, but Ryan McGarity showed he is still very capable and could challenge for a spot in this lineup. Ryan went 3-2. both will see action this Saturday in our duals.
165 – Matt Kaylor keeps getting better as he adjusts to moving up two weights. He went 3-3 to place 8th.
174 – Matt Beretta had two wins, Sr Anthony Esposito and True frosh Cody Reed each picked up one. One of these guys MUST distinguish themselves as the starter.
184 – Josh Patterson is still stuck in neutral, coming off his AA honors last year. He went 2-2 and placed 4th. One thing for sure is that he isn’t going to sneak up on anyone this year. Everyone is wrestling him like it’s the National finals, because he has that AA target on his back. He is continuing to make adjustments in the room, and will be fine down the stretch.
197 – Nate Scheidel came back to earth a bit after a great start, going 3-2 and just making the placement round. There is plenty for him to keep working on at 197 and again, we expect him to be great.
285 – Our undersized warriors continued to impress at this weight. Corey Waite went 4-2 losing to an NCAA champ and an AA. Dan Bittner went 3-2