Good’s calm demeanor carries him to state tournament
Don’t mistake Coleman Good’s lack of expression for indifference. The Muncy junior is anything but on the wrestling mat.
But he understands the importance of consistency. He understands the value in maintaining an even keel at all times, never too high and never too low.
So you’ll never see Good pump his fists after a win. You’ll also never seen him pound on the mat after a loss. It’s just not in his nature. And it’s been the big reason he’s been able to persevere through an up-and-down season to earn a spot at this week’s state tournament in Hershey.
Good will make his debut at the Giant Center for the individual tournament Thursday morning at 145 pounds in a preliminary round bout against Westmont-Hilltop’s Clayton Dorian. But to think it’s been an easy ride to get to this point would be a big mistake. Good just makes it looks like it’s been an easy ride with his calm demeanor.
“The coaches do a good job of trying to keep you in high spirits. Normally, I don’t take too much to get settled down,” Good said after finishing fourth at the Northeast Regional tournament on Saturday. “But it’s all in your head to wrestle. It’s a big mental sport and you have to keep that in check. You just have to trust your training and your technique and everything the coaches have taught you.”
That’s just how Good is. It’s how he presents himself as the starting quarterback on the football team. And it’s how he presents himself as a starter on the baseball team. And it’s how he’s gotten to near the top of his class academically.
Everything he does has a purpose and a learning component to it. So if he’s disappointed by a result on the mat, he’s immediately looking at ways to improve upon it. If he puts together a solid result, he’s looking for a way to build on it.
It’s what made Coleman Good a key component in the middle of a Muncy lineup which finished fourth in the state at the PIAA Team Wrestling Championships and was runner-up each of the last two weeks at the District 4 and Northeast Regional tournament.
“You don’t want the lows and highs. You want to stay constant,” Good said. “It all has to do with training the same way, warming up the same way and hopefully you try to wrestle the same way. Sometimes the results of the matches don’t turn out the right way. But I like routine.”
Good’s season got off to a rocky start when he finished seventh at the season-opening Top Hat tournament, losing to a pair of unranked wrestlers, but also beating a returning state qualifier. He followed that up with a 1-2 record at the King of the Mountain as he was still getting settled into the wrestling season after a playoff run in football.
He enters the state tournament this week with 13 losses on his record. On the surface, it seems like a lot, but consider that nine of those losses have come to wrestlers who will also be competing at the state tournament this week, including four to Benton’s Colton Babcock.
When he won in his consolation semifinal Saturday against Blue Ridge’s Adam Roe, it was as much a relief as anything. A year ago he lost in that round and missed the state tournament by one win. But he avenged that one-point loss to Line Mountain’s Kenny Boyer by beating Roe, 8-7.
More than anything, Good felt the weight of the world come off his shoulders. Just to be in the state tournament a year after coming so close but missing out was a reward in and of itself.
“I was in the same position last year and I didn’t want it to end up in the same result,” Good said. “I just thank God for the opportunity that I have.”
A win in Thursday’s preliminary round would put him in a first-round match against top-seeded and top-ranked Nathan Haubert of Palisades. But he’s not unaccustomed to wrestling top-tier competition.
Saucon Valley’s Angelo Mahaffey and Reynolds’s Hunter Michaels were both ranked in the top-11 in the state when he wrestled them at team states in a match where he was one move away from winning each time. But he believes he’s capable of winning on the state’s biggest stage, and he knows he has the mindset necessary to make it happen. All that’s left is for him to go wrestle.
“Anything is possible. Hopefully I have the opportunity to win a few matches down there. That’s one of my other goals is to find a spot down there on the podium,” Good said. “And if that happens, great. If not, it’s still a great experience.”