Despite splitting a pair of dual meets Wednesday night at Howell, Plymouth varsity boys wrestling coach Quinn Guernsey is optimistic.
The Wildcats defeated the host Highlanders 46-19 and then fell 43-24 to Hartland.
Still, Guernsey cited several strong performers, such as Michael Jordan, Sterling Schiftar, Spencer Schiftar and Dylan Dwyer.
“Michael Jordan looked strong and Sterling and Spencer Schiftar have looked very solid the last few weeks,” Guernsey said. “Their improvement has helped out the team a lot recently.
“Dylan just keeps winning, he had another quality win today against Reece Hughes from Hartland, improving his record to 14-0. He’s establishing himself as one of the more dangerous and talented wrestlers in the area.”
Against Howell, Plymouth winners included both Schiftar brothers, Jordan, Dwyer, Tyler Campbell, Isiah Berry, Nourdeen Hussini, Ethan Shulaw, Jake Noll and Hussein Youssef.
Racking up wins against Hartland were the Schiftars, Jordan, Dwyer, Youssef and Collin Reed.
“Hartland has a very solid team and is well coached with a lot of experience,” Guernsey noted. “Most teams have trouble winning six matches against them, which was an accomplishment for us.
“But we have to win more of those matches with bonus points and avoid giving bonus points in losses.”
If the Wildcats can accomplish that, they will be on their way to “close the gap with the elite teams in the state,” Guernsey said.