Special to The Mercury
REIFFTON — Daniel Boone’s team won-loss record after the first week of the wrestling season does not look good, and neither did the scoreboard after Thursday night’s 48-18 Berks County Division I loss at Exeter.
But the Blazers are getting better day by day, according to fourth-year head coach Matt Shutt, who is more concerned with individual efforts than he is with team scores at this time of the year as his squad gains experience during a rugged early-season schedule.
Christian Fernandez and Jeff Yohn won by pins for Boone (1-1, 2-5), Nick Limone and Cody Barrows earned decisions for the Blazers, and several other bouts went right down to the final minute. Exeter (2-0, 2-0) jumped to a 27-0 lead with the help of a pair of forfeits before the Blazers won three of the next four bouts and then broke the match open with back-to-back pins and another forfeit in the upper weights.
“I’m not looking at the team scores,” said Shutt. “I’m looking at how we wrestle. It hurts having holes in the lineup, but we’re not giving up and we’re not getting put on our backs.”