Last Wednesday the Marauders took to the mat in the first PSAC regular season wrestling match against Shippensburg. The Marauders couldn’t seem to get anything going their way in the beginning of the match, but they picked it up in the later portion. What was a 23-6 deficit, became a close 23-18 loss for Millersville after some great wrestling and some good determination to keep wrestling hard.
With the new number of 5 teams in the PSAC competing at the Division II level for the first time, this season will have a round robin schedule with the best team winning the PSAC team championship. This means that every match is important and every match should be played with heart and a strong desire to win and this is exactly what Millersville showed on this date. They could have called it quits after being in the hole, but they didn’t. They did their best, and that is all one can ask for. Although Millersville did not get the team win, they did have several individual wins on the day.
Wrestlers who took home wins for Millersville were Josh Ruppert, Dan Cox, Joel Suter, and Brad Ladd. Ruppert wrestled in the 149 lb category. He scored Millersville’s first points, and he quickly did so by pinning Mark Lentz in just 23 seconds. Cox wrestled in the 184 lb spot, and he also got a pin to secure his victory over Joe Piro at the 3:54 mark. The next Marauder win came from Suter who got the decision over Francis Slover by a 7-3 score, and Ladd won by scoring an 8-1 decision over Daniel Fultz.
Overall Millersville did a good job of handing the pressure and finishing strong. They could have been down 23-0 but it still wouldn’t have mattered. They came out strong in the end and with the season just getting started, that was a good way to get some motivation moving forward into their next match.