Season Preview: Wrestling Determined to Have Positive Season

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - page 2

Although the Muhlenberg wrestling team isn’t big in numbers, it is hoping for a big showing when it hosts the Centennial Conference Championships in late February.

“How ever many guys we have is how many gold medals we

Kevin Homan
Homan has 36 career wins, including an 11-8 mark in CC dual matches.
want to win,” said senior John Sternlicht.

Right now that number is five for the Mules, who open up their season at the King’s Monarch Invitational on Saturday. But despite the small squad size, Sternlicht said the team is upbeat about the upcoming year.

“We’ve kind of accepted the fact that we’re not going to be competitive in dual meets,” he said. “So we’re going to be a team of individuals. It’s our senior year, conferences are here, and we just want to do our best.

“We want to impress people with our determination rather than the size of our team.”

Sternlicht is determined to have a successful and healthy season. He has been bothered by injuries each of his first three years but still has a career record of 24-21, including a third-place finish at the CC Championships last year at 165. This year, he is moving up to 184.

“I decided instead of cutting weight, I wanted to build myself up and get as strong as I can so I don’t get injured again,” he said. “It’s much easier to stay positive when you’re not cutting weight.”

Senior Kevin Homan, the 2010 CC runner-up at 141, will wrestle at 149 this year, and senior Nick Pallotta, who has 29 pins among his 37 career wins, return at heavyweight. Senior Kenneth Ludwig (157) and junior Matt Parker (141) round out the team.

The seniors on the team are wrestling for their third coach in four years, and Sternlicht said new head coach Brian Burzynski and his staff have done a great job of finding ways for the Mules to have meaningful workouts despite the differences in weight classes. The seniors are also stressing having fun.

“We’ve been doing this all our lives, and this is our last year, so we just want to make the most of it.”