Wrestling ready for last home meet

By Zack Thompson

Wrestling looks to rebound from three consecutive losses with its final home meet.

The Huskies (6-9, 1-5 MAC) will take on Kent State (9-8, 3-2 MAC) 3 p.m. Saturday at Victor E. Court.

The Huskies have lost three straight and are looking to bounce back and pick up a victory in their last home meet of the season. Head coach Ryan Ludwig expects his team to respond well this weekend.

“Every week is a new week,” Ludwig said. “Every dual meet is a new dual meet. Our guys respond well. Adversity is a part of the sport. You have to put your boot straps up the next week and get after the next challenge. We have a lot of great opportunities in the individual matchups. We’re excited, our guys are fired up and we’re ready to compete.”

Kent State is looking to keep the momentum going after picking up its first MAC road win last Friday at Eastern Michigan. The Golden Flashes were down the majority of the match, but won four of the final five matches to secure the victory. The win snapped a two-game skid for the Golden Flashes.

Kent State has a pair of great sophomore wrestlers in No. 12 Sam Wheeler (184) and No. 18 Mack McGuire (133). Wheeler has been impressive this season, placing third at the Southern Scuffle.

Ludwig is looking forward to this weekend and hopes his wrestlers use the last home meet as some extra incentive to send the seven seniors out with a win.

“It’ll be nice to honor our seniors at home,” Ludwig said. “It’s going to be a special event, and hopefully it will provide our guys with some extra incentive to do well.”

Senior Nick Smith (133) is looking forward to what will be the final home match of his career. Smith is slated to wrestle No. 18 McGuire. He said the Huskies will repond well to the loss last weekend and perform well against Kent State.

“I think we’re going to bounce back really well,” Smith said. “The loss last weekend was really tough, and I think everybody is going to have some fire from that match, and I think we will wrestle well.

“I’m just excited; excited for the crowd and for the match. I’m facing a guy who ranked in the top 25, so it’s a big match for me.”