A wrestling team’s rate of success in dual meets is all about matchups. Coaches must not only have an understanding of where their own team’s strengths and weaknesses lie, but what weight classes their opponents are strong and weak in, as well. Then, they create a lineup accordingly, perhaps putting a talented wrestler up one weight class, moving a JV wrestler to another spot. Those types of tweaks and tinkerings are even more crucial in close matches, such as the championship meet of the Westhampton Duals at Westhampton Beach High School on Saturday, where the host Hurricanes took on Division II powerhouse Mattituck.
The Tuckers aren’t a typical Division II team—they have a stacked lineup and are expected not only to dominate Division II this year but have proven that they... more