HITTING THE MAT: Records can be deceiving

aaron labatt

The devil is in the details.

That idiom speaks volumes when it comes to records in wrestling. Sure a 20-0 record may look impressive, but if it isn’t against quality competition, it means nothing.

Former Indian Lake head coach Bill Fulton used to take his teams to Top Gun and other high-level tournaments. Many years, his wrestlers would enter the postseason with near .500 records.

Those same wrestlers with double-digit losses found themselves at the state meet, and some even on the podium.

Current IL head coach Scott Tressler has a similar philosophy when it comes to scheduling, and is seeing what his squad is made of this season.

“Some people get disillusioned with a great record,” said Tressler. “Records mean nothing if you’re not prepared for the postseason.

“We believe the entire year is built toward (the district and state meets). You have to be prepared for that elite competition. You’re doing yourself and your team a disservice by not facing top-level competition.”

Personally, I’ve built a lot of hype around Indian Lake’s wrestling team this winter. The Lakers have lived up to their high expectations. They aren’t hiding from top competition either. Indian Lake has already gone to Medina and won a solid Dublin Scioto tournament last weekend.

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