Preview: Wrestlers Look to Make Noise at CC Championships

Friday, February 21, 2014
 

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The Muhlenberg wrestling team hasn’t had strength in numbers this season, but that doesn’t mean its small numbers can’t show their strength.

Jaryd Flank
Flank's 14 victories were the most by a Mule freshman in eight years.
The Mules will have another chance to test their mettle at Saturday’s Centennial Conference Championships. Muhlenberg, which was unable to fill at least five weight classes in all but one dual match, has had two constants in its lineup this season – freshman Jaryd Flank and sophomore Che Chengsupanimit. Both will be in action at the tournament hosted by Ursinus. For the Mules, it’s all about quality over quantity.

“I am really looking forward to it,” said Flank, who will compete at 125. “A lot of people see Muhlenberg has two wrestlers and kind of look past us. It is frustrating, but it’s nice that we can go out there and prove to those guys that we belong.”

Flank has done that and then some during an excellent rookie season. The freshman posted a 14-8 mark with three pins and won the title at the Will Abele Invitational. Chengsupanimit, meanwhile, will look to build on his eight wins at 149 with the NCAA East Regional on tap eight days later.

Flank will certainly have ample opportunity to prove himself this weekend. The 125-pound bracket in the CC is loaded with talent, including the top two wrestlers in the latest d3wrestle.com rankings, plus several other accomplished competitors. To Flank, who went 4-4 in league matches, the CC championships are a prime chance to make a name for himself and his program as it moves forward with the rebuilding process.

“There are some really tough wrestlers in my class,” Flank said, “but I try not to think about that too much. They’re wrestlers just like I am. I just try to wrestle them as tough as I can, keep improving and see if I can knock some of them off.”