By Steve Sica
The wrestling team (2-0) comes home after a strong start in Lock Haven, P.a. last weekend. The Broncs will face off against Princeton (0-3) on Saturday as they look to stay undefeated.
Coach Gary Taylor is thrilled to see his team get through two tournaments with big wins. He believes this momentum will pay off against Princeton.
“We have been to two very tough tournaments thus far, as well as having wrestled in two dual meets,” Taylor said. “This is how we have been preparing. We are having a good week of practice and anticipate a tough match with Princeton.”
Taylor doesn’t feel the need to make any big changes for the match against the Tigers.
“We’re not making any adjustments at this time,” Taylor said. “We just need to keep working hard and improving as the year progresses.”
Junior James Brundage, who had the best stats (174 points) for the Broncs at the Keystone Tournament on Nov. 18, is also excited about the match against Princeton and the prospect of staying undefeated.
“We prepare the same way for every team,” Brundage said. “We’re having a nice hard week of practice after coming off a few days break for Thanksgiving. We plan on wrestling with the same intensity as we have all year.”
Taylor likes what he has seen out of his team this season so far. This year’s competition is tough for the Broncs, but the team has risen to the task so far.
“The main aspects I have noticed are twofold,” Taylor said. “We are competing harder this year. Some of that is maturity and some of it is attitude. The other aspect I am seeing is the student athletes are progressing the way we thought they would when we recruited them.”
This year’s team is mainly underclassmen, with only one senior. But the Broncs’ talent is surpassing their experience so far this season.
“This continues to be a young team with only one senior in the starting lineup,” Taylor said. “We are working hard as coaches and wrestlers, so I believe some of that has added motivation for this season and conference championship.”