We had a home dual against Cleveland State University on Sunday, January 15. We won the dual 8 matches to 2. The guys did a good job winning the tough situations. In close matches it takes extreme effort to win the tough situations. Our guys did well. Thanks mostly to our freshmen; we had a good crowd considering school was not in session. Just so people know, it is a big deal for our guys to see people in the stands. Before the dual, they were excited by the crowd. Lio and Matt Raines were proud their friends and family had come to watch in mass. It was certainly noticed by the guys competing. Thanks to those who came to the dual. Thanks for giving our team extra energy to compete.
Ibrahim Bunduka continued his unbeaten streak by scoring points. His energy level and attack rate help get our team going in the right direction. He does a great job preparing and competing. He continues to get better.
Lio Quezada stepped up again for himself, his team and his community. He gave great effort in his bout. He did a good job defensively in the first period. I was pleased to see him stay a bit more basic. He did a great job in the second period by riding his opponent. It requires effort to hold your opponent down. Lio used the extra effort and as a result, it put him in a great place to win the bout. He won a tough situation in the 3rd and was able to get a reversal and gain riding time to win.
Tejon Anthony wrestled a tough opponent. He had a good game plan and stuck to it. Toward the end of the bout he was thrown off the mat and onto the gym floor. It looked and sounded bad. Nevertheless,Tejon hustled back to the center and proceeded to be unfazed by the incident. It was fun to see.
Senior captain Sahid Kargbo wrestled another senior who had recently placed at the Southern Scuffle. I was pleased to see Sahid win positions and score points. In the end, Sahid was able to win by a major decision for his team. I know the crowd appreciated his effort as their reactions were loud and visible.
Matt Raines did a good job of putting pressure on his opponent. He took risks. In the end, I believe it helped him to score the winning takedown. With so many from his community in the stands, it made the third period win even more special.
Ryan Forrest made his season debut. Ryan had originally planned on not using his red shirt year. Thus, he did not compete this fall. After many months of wearing him down, we finally got him to agree to wrestle spring semester. Ryan did not disappoint as he won his bout. Without Ryan in the lineup, we would have been forced to forfeit a weight class. It was good for Ryan and the team to have him back.
Daniel Mika weighed in a weight class lower than he competed. He, as he has often done, sacrificed for his team. Although he did not have the result or performance he wanted, I tip my hat to him for sacrificing for his team. He helped us win the dual and field a full line up. The team aspect of an individual sport is special to see.
Austin Harrison represented the University this weekend at a conference. He got back to campus in time to compete. He wrestled a tough opponent. Although he struggled during the first two periods of the match, I was pleased with his third period. Even though he had been ridden and turned twice, he chose the down position to start the third period. He was able to get away and take his opponent down. It was good for him to learn he could score points on his opponent.
Matt Meadows was able to win his bout by not allowing his opponent to score. Although I wanted him to score more points, I was pleased to see him shut out the opponent for 7 minutes. Wins help with confidence. My hope is he can gain confidence and use it to his favor.
Matt Voss scored lots of points and won his bout by a technical fall. Often time, heavyweight bouts are low scoring. I was pleased to see Matt scoring from several different positions.
We have a quicker turn around this week as we compete at Clarion on Friday night. Then, we return home to face Edinboro on Sunday at 2pm at the RAC. Both meets are conference matches. Clarion and Edinboro have better results thus far against common opponents. Thus, both duals will require us to wrestle at a high level to be competitive. Nevertheless, the team is coming together and getting better. I have confidence we will give our best effort and have a great attitude. If we do those things, we will do something special. There will also be multiple individual match ups against ranked foes.