SL wrestlers split home meet

It was not the home-opener coach Dan Robinson was looking for.
Nich Wolak
Dec 13, 2013

The Spring Lake wrestling team split its two home matches Wednesday night, falling to Mona Shores, 38-37, before defeating Holland, 51-30.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys in the lineup,” Robinson said. “They just need to learn they’re on varsity — it’s a learning experience. They’ve just got to give it a little more fight.

“We’ve just got to get guys used to fighting off their back. Like I said, we’ve got a lot of youth. They struggle with that.”

In a one-point match coaching is going to be a factor, and Robinson readily pointed out that he may have made a tactical error.

“I made the decision to put a good wrestler (freshman Dylan Holmes) at (152 pounds), but they had one of their biggest studs at 52, their biggest stud — Taylor McPhail.

“I maybe should have bumped (Holmes) to 60 and given McPhail the win at 52 and taken chances with our young guy at 60. It’s one of those things.”

The Lakers had an 11-point lead going into that critical set of matches, but the Sailors secured pins in each, coming out with the one point victory.

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