Pates aim for win
Brandon Hall has a knack for calculating team scores for Freedom's dual meets.
He says it's a blessing and a curse and the Patriots got the wrong end of the stick in last week's 29-27 loss to Emmaus.
Hall knew the bout was going to be tight heading in, but was disappointed walking away with a defeat.
"It was a good dual meet, but we didn't do the little things to help us come away with a win," Hall said. "Emmaus made some changes in their lineup and it obviously helped in a two-point match. They have most of their team back from last year and they're talented. They came out aggressive and did a good job."
Freedom (4-2) now has to do a better job as they move forward into the new year, starting with tonight's tilt against Dieruff (1-3).
The Huskies lost to Northampton 35-28 last week but will still pose problems for the younger wrestlers in Freedom's bottom half of the lineup.
"I'm not sure if they made some lineup changes or had some guys out against Northampton because I was expecting to see some different things in that bout," said Hall. "We know they [Dieruff] are going to give us similar problems. It's a critical match for us because we want to get that first league win out of the way before the new year comes around."
The Pates won't wrestle again until next week's Hurricane Holiday Classic at Liberty, so the onus to grab a win is even more important.
"Our older guys still have the same confidence, but I think our younger wrestlers are learning that this is different than junior high," Hall said. "It's still early in the season and we have a long way to go, but we need a win over Dieruff."