The Patriot Club hosted a reception before our match against Edinboro. I was pleased with the turn out. It was more than we have had in the past. I was excited some of the guys on the 1995 CAA undefeated championship team were able to attend. We had alums attend from the 1970’s all the way through to 2014. Before the match I talked to the team about the alums that were there to watch them compete. We need to honor their legacy and be thankful they paved the way for our current team.
Our task was formidable due the quality team we had to face Saturday night. Edinboro is ranked 1st in the conference and ranked highly in the national polls. Once again we were forced to forfeit 125. We were without 3 starters in our line-up. We won 4 of the 9 matches contested. Vince Rodriguez and Greg Flournoy did a great job in scoring major decisions for our team. Both secured takedowns late in the match. I loved the extra effort they showed for their team. Patrick Davis and Jake Kettler were also able to win their respective bouts. I was pleased with their performance. Matt Meadows wrestled a closer match against his opponent from Edinboro than their previous meeting. Blake Roulo lost but showed progress. Sahid Kargbo was disappointed in his performance against the top ranked wrestler in the country. I believe he could have wrestled a closer match as well. Freshman Daniel Mika and Senior Derek Dwyer did not know they were going to wrestle until shortly before the dual. Both lost, but I appreciated their availability on short notice. Derek Dwyer lost 5lbs in about an hour before weigh ins and then competed with broken ribs. When I asked him to compete, he said yes without hesitation. I had forgotten about his ribs and he said nothing to me before the match. I was amazed by his effort and attitude.
During the half-time of our bout we had a paper airplane toss competition. We had great participation in the half-time event by the fans. The winner went home with a Mason Wrestling shirt. I was pleased to hear the half-time event went well and there were no injuries due to poorly designed airplanes.
This week we wrestle Binghamton University at home on Friday at 7pm. I know crowd support helps our guys compete, so we would love to see as many fans as we can get in the RAC. On Sunday, we will be on the road at Bloomsburg University for our final conference dual of the year.