ANDOVER — The Edgewood wrestling team took both matches of its tri-meet with Conneaut and Pymatuning Valley at PV on Wednesday night.
For coach Gregory Stolfer, though, the real victory was just about having his team back out on the mat competing again.
Flu season, along with the bumps and bruises of a mat season by the time the calendar hits February, has taken its toll on the Warriors; most recently forcing them to bow out of the state duals tournament this past weekend.
“You try to do the best with what you have, and that’s what tonight was all about,” Stolfer said.
The Warriors defeated the host Lakers in the first match 54-30, then took care of Conneaut in the second dual 60-18.
Stolfer knows his program is not the only one dealing with health concerns.
“I think everybody is in that same boat,” the coach said.
Not participating in the state duals was what Stolfer called “the right move.”
“Of course you want to wrestle,” he said. “Anytime you don’t get to wrestle, you’re disappointed. But, that was the right move at the time. Our top priority is being healthy for sectionals because that’s when the season really starts.”
The Warriors will go to Lake Catholic Feb. 29 for the Division II wrestling tournament.
Stolfer went on to say that a coach cannot be too careful with making sure guys are in top shape for the postseason.
“You take precautions all the time,” he said. “Especially now with kids getting sick and getting injured like our heavyweight [Will Mogul[ tonight. You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, you have to take care of today.”
Mogul suffered a third-period knee injury in his bout against PV’s Victor Verba.
Edgewood racked up 13 pins in the two matches, including two each from Joey Jafarace (106), Adam Talso (160), Hunter Olivarez (170) and Jason Bisbey (182).
PV took its match with Conneaut by a score of 47-33.