Actually, you can have too much of a good thing.
Just ask Sandusky coach Mike Stoliker, who has an abundance of what many wrestling coaches would consider a luxury — good 103-pounders.
“With individual tournaments, we have our wrestle-offs and whoever wins, wins,” Stoliker said. “For team stuff, we ask them to go where we need them. It kind of stinks for those guys, because one of them has to wrestle up a weight class.
“It means one of them is wrestling 112, depending on how it falls out, or we might need one of them to go up to 119, depending on who the opponent is. It’s difficult. You try to put kids in a position to help the team, and they’re all more than willing to do what we ask.”
Three of the Redskins 103-pounders come from the same family — sophomore Trevor Mata, junior Brittany Mata and senior Kelsey Mata. Junior Austin Western is a returning regional qualifier.
Stoliker feels comfortable with any of the four as his starting 103, as Kelsey Mata won the B pool at the Sandusky tournament this past weekend, and her brother was second in the A pool. Brittany Mata has been fighting an injury, but finished 18-10 a year ago.
Having four 103 pounders at Richmond, where 50 kids come out for wrestling each year, wouldn’t be all that remarkable. But at Sandusky, where Stoliker didn’t have a single 103-pounder for his first 10 years as a coach, and there are only 14 wrestlers on the team — meaning 28.5 percent of the team is at 103 — is a bit crazy.
Crazier still? The Redskins don’t have wrestlers to fill out the 140, 145 and 152 weight classes. You know, the part of the lineup that matches the average high school student. Stoliker can only laugh.
“Kelsey was actually the first (103)-pounder I had when she was a sophomore,” he said. “They’re all quality wrestlers, too. That’s the part about it that’s insane. They’re all very good wrestlers.”
Having a 103-pounder does result in six points plenty of times for the Redskins, as they run into their fair share of teams that forfeit the weight class, Croswell-Lexington among them.
But having four at 103 doesn’t allow for much movement, especially when they all weigh between about 96 and 106 pounds, so weighing one in at 112 to be able to wrestle at 119 on a given day puts that wrestler in a tough situation. Not to mention Sandusky has a quality 119-pounder in Terra Cahoon. And, as 103 is the smallest weight class, there’s no weight below to cut down to.
The positive, however, is that the four of them make each other better every day in practice.
“You add Terra, and you have five kids right there that are battling that are good wrestlers getting at it,” Stoliker said. “They’re able to improve because of that. They have the workout partners that can help them get better.”
Team: 1. Richmond; 2. Marysville; 3. Croswell-Lexington; 4. Capac; 5. Algonac
Why Algonac and not Port Huron? Well, simply put the Muskrats defeated the Big Reds in a dual on the first night of the season. Since then, Port Huron has finished ahead of Algonac at individual tournaments, but when judging teams, I give dual-meet results more weight.
Individual: 1. Devin Skatzka, Richmond; 2. Austin Thompson, Marysville; 3. Aaron Kilburn, Richmond; 4. Collin Lieber, Croswell-Lexington; 5. Austin Vannatter, Richmond
After some initial movement, I’m back to my initial top five. Lieber is down to 152 and looks strong, and Vannatter had a big weekend in Indiana. The top three remain good at wrestling.
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