Good helps with close loss
HERSHEY — Christian Good understands the value in what he’s been doing for the Muncy wrestling team recently. But to the sophomore 120-pounder, it’s not good enough.
There’s value in how he’s limited points against some of his best competition over the last week, just like he did against Burrell’s Ian Oswalt in the first round of the PIAA Team Wrestling Championships on Thursday. But he doesn’t want to just compete, he wants to win. So while he understood his role in the Indians win over the Buccaneers, he wants to take the next step and contribute wins to the team.
“I haven’t gotten the wins I want,” Good said Thursday following a 4-1 loss to seventh-ranked Oswalt. “But I need to keep working hard to try and reverse those because eventually I need to get a big win for the team if we want to reach our goals.”
Good’s last three bouts have all come against top-10 ranked opponents. Even though he gave up a fall to Southern Columbia’s Jaret Lane in the final of the District 4 Duals last week, his tough wrestling against the returning state champion opened some eyes. Monday, in the preliminary round of the PIAA tournament, Brockway bumped up then ninth-ranked Dominic Inzana to take on Good, and Good held him to just a 2-1 win.
Yesterday, Burrell weighed in 106-pounder Trent Valovchik heavy to bump away from Jacob Blair. It then forced Oswalt up a weight class to take on Good. And even though Oswalt won the bout, Good limiting his points helped Muncy earn more bonus points than the Buccaneers to pick up a 34-30 win.
“I’d really like to pull off a win against one of those guys,” Good said. “One of these matches I’m going to need to. But I still need to fight for this team.”
Good enters today’s PIAA quarterfinals against District 11 champion Saucon Valley with a 16-13 record. He didn’t place in either of the two tournaments the Indians competed in back in December largely because he was wrestling up two weight classes at 132 pounds.
But the sophomore has arguably one of Muncy’s most consistent competitors over the last month. In that time, four of his five losses have come to state-ranked opponents, and he’s posted seven wins, six of which have earned bonus points.
Good has proven he’s going to be a tough out when the individual postseason begins next week.
“Even in the practice room you can see him getting better,” Muncy’s Hunter Poust said. “He’s wrestling with Joe (Klock), Blair and Mario (Barberio) and he’s getting better. It’s translating onto the mat. And it’s definitely good to see because he’s only a sophomore.”
But Good isn’t concerned with moral victories. He understands the act of wrestling tough is going to be vital for Muncy to make a run this weekend in the state tournament, but he also knows that in future weeks he’s going to need to produce wins for himself.
So while he understood the value in his battle with Oswalt yesterday, he’s still looking for the things he can do to start talking about winning those matches instead of just keeping them close.
“Every close match I have, it’s nice and it helps my confidence,” Good said. “But I want to be on the upper side of those and I need to keep working hard. I’m not quite where I want to be yet. But I’m doing everything I can for the team. And that’s the goal.”