Injuries in key spots have decimated the Fruitport varsity wrestling team, making the Trojans’ chances bleak at tonight’s team district tournament at Spring Lake.
The Trojans had a fine season going before Chris Hendricks and Brad Chorny went down with knee injuries and Gavin Taylor suffered a back injury.
“We just need to heal up,” said first-year coach Jack Nummerdor. “The fortunate part is that we are looking to be healing up fairly well, but it will not be in time for team (districts).
“It has been a year of transition. We have been battling changes from one staff to another, but the kids that have stayed are wrestling well right now. They are peaking at the right time. We have shown progress the entire season from week to week.”
Nummerdor has been especially pleased with the effort and leadership provided by Collin Butler, Tommy Martinez, Cameron Butler, Alex Foster and Austin Fialek.
Nummerdor is confident that several of his wrestlers can advance out of Saturday’s Division 2 individual district tournament.
“We could get anywhere from 0-5 guys out this weekend,” he said. “Where we have wrestlers, we are very strong, but right now, we are giving up too many weight classes. It is obviously very frustrating to be giving up so many weight classes, but in the end, the program is headed in the right direction.
“We have zero seniors, so it’s exciting to see what we will have back next year.”