Manchester University
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February 17, 2017


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First-Year Wrestler Reflects on Season, Goals

Jensen Lassiter

Executing pin after pin helped Manchester’s wrestling team finish 8th at the 2017 MidStates Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 11. First-year Andrew Brock reflected on personal and team goals for the rest of the season.

"If I said the team goal was to win, I would be selling us short. The goal is for us to be among the best and put as many as possible in the national championship,” Brock said in an email. 

In order to prepare for a title, the wrestlers have to put in a lot of time and dedication. "The team has been good this year,” Brock said. “I don't think all of us are where we want to be, but I think we have all improved and stepped up when needed." 

Personal improvement is also a factor that contributes to the team's success. "Personally, I would have liked to win a few more matches, but that’s the past, so it’s time to focus on what's [ahead], not behind." Brock said. "I think my personal best experience was the Spartan Classic -- my only time to wrestle in front of my school." 

Transitioning from high school wrestling into Division III in college is no easy task. "The difference between high school wrestling [and] college wrestling is huge,” Brock said. “High school wrestling at least gives you a base though to work with in college." 

Manchester University Wrestling takes a break from competitive action until next weekend in order to prepare for the upcoming 2017 NCAA Division III Midwest Regionals. Regionals begin Friday, Feb. 24, and conclude Saturday, Feb. 25.