Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Coyotes, Wrublik back in form

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Clarksburg High sophomore Tanner Wrublik took to the mat for the first time last week and, not coincidentally, the Coyotes experienced their best three-match performance of the season.

Wrublik, who placed third at 2A-1A state meet last year, sat out the first month of the season for personal reasons but he returned last Thursday and helped Clarksburg (3-4 record) pound Northwood, 68-12. He added two more wins in a 44-21 loss to Bethesda-Chevy Chase and a 51-15 win against George Mason (Va.) during a tri-meet in Bethesda this past Saturday.

‘‘He looked rusty but he was better than everybody else,” Coyotes coach Josh Munsey said. ‘‘The way he wrestled, you could tell he was glad to be back.”

Wrublik, who compiled a 34-9 record last winter, wrestled at 147 pounds but he hopes to trim down to 132 pounds as the season rolls along. His older brother, Zack Wrublik, however, will be sidelined for a couple of weeks after losing a tooth in an accident during the holiday break.

Also performing well for the week for the Coyotes were Ben Asadi (105 pounds), Andre Miles (121), Chris Williamson (137), Calvin Dove (217), Max Borchardt (127) and Bobby Barry (287). Asadi, Dove and Williamson, like Tanner Wrublik, won all three of their matches while Miles, Borchardt and Barry captured two of three matches. Borchardt came off the bench in place of an ill starter.‘‘We’re wrestling much better the last three matches,” Munsey said. ‘‘We’ve been a lot tougher and fighting off our back. We started off kind of slow but we didn’t have Tanner at the beginning.”