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Wrestling takes on two states in one day

by Matthew Lauster - Contributing Writer
Wed, Dec 5th 2018 01:00 pm
Freshman Jake Hunter and opponent grab each other behind the neck to gain leverage on the other wrestler.
Freshman Jake Hunter and opponent grab each other behind the neck to gain leverage on the other wrestler.
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Heading into the New Standard and Thunderwolves Invitational, The College at Brockport wrestling team was on a journey to find out where the young team stands against some of the toughest competition in the nation. 

Even though the team had to travel all the way to York, Pennsylvania and then back to Sanborn, New York, nobody on the team felt like the traveling had an affect on them. Head coach Don Murray said the men have experience when it comes to traveling long distances. 

“There wasn’t much of an effect at all, especially concerning the York tournament when they left very early in the morning. We’ve made the trip before,” Murray said. 

Junior Jordan Kayes also agreed that the traveling aspect of the trips did not have any effect on the teams performance during either of invitationals. 

“The traveling doesn’t normally have too much of an affect on us, but more or less gives us an opportunity to bond with each other and become closer as a team,” Kayes said. 

In the New Standard Invitational the Golden Eagles had an impressive showing with a couple of wrestlers making it to the second day of the competition. The two that made it were freshman Elijah Sims and junior Ryan Snow. 

Sims advanced all the way to semifinals after a 10-6 decision in his first match which would allow him to move up to the 133 weight class. As the day progressed, however, Sims would then lose his next two bouts, placing him sixth following the two-day competition. 

For Ryan Snow he had a very similar day to Sims as he would finish fifth after losing his last two matches on day two. Snow, however, won his first two matches before that, 16-2 and 13-7. 

At the Thunderwolves Invitational, the Golden Eagles had another impressive showing with the team’s wrestlers securing third and first place finishes at Niagara County Community College. Freshmen Danny Emblidge and Austin Reed were the two athletes that won a third and first place finish respectively. 

Reed had an extremely impressive showing, going undefeated in his three bouts in the 149 weight class. His first two victories would come by pin at 3:33 in the first match and then at 4:09 in his second. Reed would secure a 16-3 decision in his third and final match. 

Danny Emblidge would finish his day at the invitational going 4-1. He would lose his first match, but would end up winning his next four matches. His first victory came by fall at 2:04, then by an 11-0 victory and his last two matches would end because of injury concerns. 

Overall, the Golden Eagles would end up having an impressive showing in both invitationals. Coach Murray had nothing but positive things to say about his team. 

“We had a young team, and they competed very well,” Murray said. “They made some mistakes, but we had some place winners in both invitational tournaments. We also had some upperclassmen injured and the freshmen stepped up admirably.” 

As the season continues forward, Brockport can look with huge promise that the young roster has taken some productive steps in the most recent invitationals against tough competitors. 

The team knows that they have to take it one step at a time to achieve its goals heading into the second half of the regular season and even into the postseason. 

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