GOSHEN TWP. – The wrestling season has not gone the way Goshen thought it would.
Instead of the successful season the Warriors had planned, they’ve dealt with one that’s been rocky at best. The lineup Goshen expected to have has been decimated by injury.
The Warriors have been through three wrestlers in their heavyweight slot and are without wrestlers at 160 and 106 pounds. Six or seven freshmen have been thrust into the lineup as well.
“We’ve had a lot of kids we thought were going to do well for us out for extended periods of time,” Goshen coach Ron Edwards said. “It’s hard to overcome those kind of losses.”
At 145 pounds, junior Trey Atwood said dealing with the injuries has been especially tough because they took their toll on his friends on the team.
Things have started to pick back up for him now that his practice partner is back. Atwood wasn’t sure of his overall record, but knows he wants to keep his loses in single digits.
“I want to place high at sectionals, get a good seeding for districts and I would love to qualify for state,” he said.
Time away from the mat has especially been tough for senior Morgan Huff. She tore a ligament in her shoulder after winning a match earlier this season.
“I remember walking off the mat thinking ‘my shoulder kind of hurts,'” Huff said. “I’m mad because I let my team down. They don’t have a 106-pounder now.”
While her coaches hold out hope that she will return for sectionals, Huff is fairly certain this injury will keep her out of the postseason.
A doctor’s visit in a couple weeks will determine her status. Huff was a district qualifier last year and expected to make it to the state meet this year.
“If she’s not cleared, she’s got a college wrestling career to think about. We aren’t going to jeopardize that,” Edwards said. “She does wants to be back though.
“She’s crawling up the walls.”
Huff also has her girls wrestling season that begins toward the end of March. She expects to both be healthy by then and to do well.
She said winning the national championship in Fargo is a realistic goal.
That aside, Goshen has to worry about doing the best it can this season.
“We haven’t packed it up yet,” Edwards said.