Assistant coach Scott McWilliams took time out of his busy schedule everyone an inside look to what the University of Wisconsin-Platteville wrestling team did during its trip to Pennsylvania this past weekend.
Friday, January 11, 2013
We left Platteville at 8 p.m. on Thursday and drove straight through to Pennsylvania. We got to Collegeville, Pa. about 1 p.m. and had the guys relax at the hotel. At 5 p.m., we went to Ursinus College to practice. We had a short but intense practice to get the guys under weight. After practice we ate dinner at Subway and relaxed at the hotel for the rest of the night. We stayed onSt on schedule with no problems is hopefully a sign of good things to come tomorrow.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Coming off an early Friday night, we had the boys over to the Fieldhouse at Ursinus College 6:30 a.m. to check weights and weigh in. The tournament started at 9:30 a.m. I felt we started the day better than we have all season. After a very disappointing Tuesday night (against Augustana) and a 16-hour bus trip, as a team, the team responded well and competed a lot better than expected. Even without our captain at 133 due to injury, we had a lot of guys wrestle late into the afternoon. The guys who were able to stand out for us included Schmitz (174) and Yaros (197) were both a match away from placing. Ferguson (125) and Holland (174) helped the team finish 6th of 13 as both came up a little short in the championship of their weights. For anyone who follows the sport of wrestling, they know Pennsylvania has always been a powerhouse (youth, high school and college) so to come out here and compete as well as we did is a great feeling. I'm hoping our guys will realize they were able to be competitive with teams we do not usually see and can build from it. After the tournament was finished, the coaching staff from Ursinus College was nice enough to feed the team. We ended the night at the hotel as the guys watched the Packer game.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
We started the day with a quick run before we headed into Philadelphia. Once we got into Philadelphia, we toured Independence Hall, saw the Liberty Bell, and stopped at the Philadelphia Art Museum. The real highlights of the day came when we stopped at the Rocky statue and finally got to enjoy a real philly steak sandwich. For the guys who have to make weight again in six days, they didn't hold back and tried to finish 18" phillies! After stopping at an outlet mall, we ended our last night here hanging out in the pool at the hotel. It'll be another short night though as we will be on our way back to Platteville at 6 a.m.
The Pioneers will compete at the Wabash Duals in Crawfordville, Ind. and at the Flash Flanigan Open in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday.