With an unlucky number of injuries lately, the Millersville wrestling team has been struggling to keep up with their competition. But after having some time to heal, the Marauders are ready for the heart of their schedule.
The wrestling team dropped their last three matches, all of which were on the road.
However, the losses did not necessarily reflect the quality of their wrestling. They were forced to forfeit two matches in each of their last three losses.
Millersville lost at Shippensburg 27-12 last Wednesday, after winning four of their first six matches. In a dual meet at Clarion University on Saturday, the Marauders lost both duals.
They dropped their first dual against Clarion 39-3 as well as a close loss against Duquesne University 25-21.
The six points, given up as a result of a forfeit, are particularly hard to make up when compared to the three points lost by a decision. With only 10 matches in each dual, 12 points can be hard to overcome. Particularly against Duquesne, the result could have been different for the Marauders. Even with two losses in decisions rather than forfeits, the Marauders would have been victorious. Roberts felt that the team wrestled well overall despite the losses.
“We’re a good team, but if you go against any other team that is respectable you can’t afford to do that,” Head Coach Todd Roberts said.
Their forfeits at the 197-lb weight class were due to a neck injury to sophomore Raymond Bennett. Roberts feels the loss of Bennett has been a huge point-swing that could have been potentially made up for if he was in the lineup.
“He is a guy we can count on to win a match,” Roberts said.
The team has also been forfeiting the heavyweight class as freshman D.J. Fox has been ineligible to wrestle. He will most likely be out until next season.
To go along with the forfeits, the Marauders have also been suffering from a number of bumps and bruises. Redshirt freshman Shane Smith (174-lb) has a gash in his forehead from a match in which he finished and won. Junior Jeremy Brooks (165-lb) has had knee trouble as of late. Sophomore Mike Greck has been suffering from a shoulder injury, and sophomore Sean Reed has a skin infection.
“Everyone is feeling the toll of a long season,” Roberts said.
However, the Marauders will be back at full strength, Thursday, at home against York College at 7 p.m. at Pucillo Gymnasium. After this dual, the team does not have a competition this weekend, which should give them some added rest. Roberts is optimistic about the match and looking forward to competing.
Before the match, Millersville will be welcoming young wrestlers from Lampeter-Strasburg Elementary School for a clinic. The Marauders will play games and entertain the students, as well as show them
Roberts is hopeful the event will encourage children and their parents to attend more Millersville matches and make a good impression on them, as well as help out their coaches.
The Marauders are regrouped, reenergized, and ready to go out on top this season.