Great day of duals for the B-cats yesterday, as we went 3-0 to extend our record to 7-2. The guys have all shown flashes of brilliance 1st semester, and it was nice to be able to showcase our skills in front of former Coach Steve Erber as well as prominent alumnus Billy Baldwin. 7-2 with our lone dual losses coming against traditional powers Nebraska and Michigan State is no small feat- and we still feel that our best wrestling is ahead of us this year.
125 – True Freshman Dan Riggi and Jimmy Chase each won a bout. It’s been a tough first 1/2 of the year at this weight, but Chase showed signs of breaking out of an offensive slump in the last dual against a seasoned opponent from Liberty. He is a takedown away in just about every loss, and that will come with time.
133- RS Fresh Garret Morabito is starting to distinguish himself here, winning both his bouts in convincing fashion. He looked great in all 3 positions, and moved to 7-2 since a tough debut weekend at the NE Duals. Rob Slavin also picked up a W vs Merchant Marine
141- Anwar is hitting his stride nicely, going winning against Princeton and Liberty. Anthony Jerome got the fall vs USMMA.
149- Donnie has been through the grind early, and went 2-1. He has wrestled nearly a full season of bouts in about 5 weeks, which will make him ready for the end of the year. He still has a lot to work on and has been FAR from putting together his best performance of the year.
157-Justin Lister returned for one bout after a couple weeks off and picked up a key win in the Liberty dual. He looked healthy and refreshed. Ryan McGarity- the consummate swing man went 1-1 for us vs Princeton and USMMA
165 – Matt Kaylor was the bad luck Bearcat this weekend. He outwrestled his opponent in all 3 matches and came away 1-2. He was pinned while leading big in one bout and a victim of a 5 point move in another. Like Vinson, Kaylor is going through the Warrior grind. You wrestle a ton of matches, you make some mistakes. He will have to really tighten up his game if he is going to reach the goals we have for him.
174- We went a combined 0-3 here. We are looking for someone to step up, start working harder in the room and solidify this weight.
184- The Beast was back as Josh had two key 1st period pins. For the first time this year, Josh looked comfortable on his feet and was dominating people. An encouraging sign heading into break.
197 – Nate Scheidel was 2-1. He continues to impress and should open some eyes down the stretch.
285 – Corey Waite went 2-1. No one is a better testament to our program then Corey. He has been a 4 year starter and has improved every year to the point where we can feel confident we are going to get a solid performance out of him every time on the mat. That’s a very valuable feeling to have at hwt
Again, 7-2 for a tram that was rescued from the scrap heap 5 years ago is a good feeling, but by no means satisfying. We appreciate the support of all our fans and enjoy hearing back from you. Next up is a split squad trip, with half the team headed to Wilkes for an Open on 12/28 and the rest to the fabled Midlands. Hope to see some of you guys in the stands 2nd semester