MATT McCURNIN, junior, Archmere wrestling
THE WEEK: Won three matches at the Yellowjacket Invitational at Newark on Saturday, including a pin of Hodgson junior Anthony Dominelli in 5:30 in the 113-pound final.
THE COACH SAYS: “He’s really good on his feet,” Archmere coach Dan Lutz said. “He loves to attack his guys. He comes after them with fire. He’s very intense. He just has that attitude that he’s never going to stop.”
THE FINAL: McCurnin also faced Dominelli in the 113 final at the Bulldog Invitational at Brandywine the previous week, winning in overtime. “I’ve wrestled him many times before. He’s a great opponent,” McCurnin said. “I knew his moves, so I just knew what to do.”
THE WINNING MOVE: “I caught him with a cradle a few times,” McCurnin said. “I tried to lock that up. To pin him, I just cement mixed him straight to the mat. That’s my bread and butter move, so I knew after I hit it I was going to pin him.”
THE APPROACH: “He will study a wrestler,” Lutz said. “He’ll sit there at the match before and watch the kid he’s going to have coming up. He’ll study him and use what he needs to win that match.”
THE IMPROVEMENT: McCurnin finished second in the Independent Conference meet last season, then went 1-2 in the DIAA Individual Wrestling State Tournament. “I put in a lot of work in the offseason, lifting,” he said. “I just feel like I’m a lot stronger. I’m a lot more technical this year.”
THE CLASSROOM: “My favorite subject is probably math,” McCurnin said. “It just comes easy to me. You put problems on paper and I’m really good at it.”
THE FUTURE: “I’m looking at the academies, the Naval Academy or the Merchant Marine Academy,” McCurnin said. “… Those are great places, they can set you up for life.”
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