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Wrestling team falls again: Injuries force wrestlers to forfeit

The Marauders hosted their last dual match of the season on Tuesday night and fell to Kutztown University 39-9. Seniors Jarrett Hostetter and Jeremy Brooks went in style on senior night as they earned the only wins for the Marauders for the evening.

The loss to Kutztown came on the heels of another disappointing weekend in what has turned out to be a disappointing season for a Marauder team that entered the year with high hopes for their squad, not only as a team but with their talented individuals as well.

But the beginning of the season now seems like a distant memory for a team that has not won a dual match since January 16 against New York University.

Millersville hosted Columbia University and the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday and dropped both matches by scores of 39-9 and 53-0 respectively.

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In the first match against Columbia Hostetter and sophomore Shane Smith were the only two Marauders to win their matches. Hostetter won 4-2 and Smith recorded a pin at 1:50 into the match.

The second match of the day would get no easier as the Marauders faced the No. 18 ranked Pittsburgh Panthers. The Panthers swept the board and did not lose a single match to a depleted Marauder team.

Following the weekend, the Golden Bears of Kutztown came to town. It was an all too familiar scenario as the Marauders had to forfeit two of their first three matches digging the team into a quick deficit in which they were not able to rebound from.

After forfeiting two and losing two of the first four matches, Millersville got consecutive wins from Hostetter and Brooks in their final matches at Pucillo Gymnasium.

Hostetter recorded a pin in 1:42 and Brooks won by decision with a score of 8-7.

After the two Millersville wins the score was 21-9, but Kutztown took the remainder of the matches en route to the 39-9 victory. Brooks’ win came on a knee that was not 100 percent. He had been out previously due to injury but came back and won his match on Tuesday.

Injuries are something that has doomed this year’s Marauders team. It again hurt the Marauders Tuesday night when 184-pound sophomore Jason Foor was injured and was forced to default. Young wrestlers have had to step up into unexpected roles and unfortunately the team has also been forced to forfeit matches.

The Marauders will begin to prepare for the East Regional Duals which take place this Saturday in North Carolina.

The Marauders will face Gardener-Webb University, Liberty College, and Campbell University. This will be the beginning of the home stretch for Millersville as they are beginning to prepare those whom they believe will represent the team in the NCAA Championships that are held in Nebraska.

The team hopes that the performance of some of their individuals will fill the void of a disappointing team record.