Wrestling falls to Ohio

Team looks to bounce back for their next match against Virginia Military Institute

Cameron Heilman, Asst. Sports Editor

Collectively, the 2019-20 season has been a struggle for the Bloomsburg University wrestling team.

Amassing an overall record of 2-6 and 0-5 in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) after Sunday afternoons 28-9 defeat against Ohio University, this season’s focus has shifted more towards one of the most impressive seasons from a Husky in recent memory.

Leading the pack, redshirt senior Trevor Allard is perched atop the Huskies leaderboard in wins at a near perfect 17-1 overall record and 8-0 in duals matches (A match versus an opponent of the same weight class).

Assuming Allard continues his current level of performance, there shouldn’t be much doubt that Allard will lead the Huskies in overall wins for the fourth straight season.

In the previous three seasons, Allard led Bloomsburg with 27, 28, and 18 total wins. Even more noteworthy, this impressive season primes Allard to make a run at 100 total career wins.

 Presently boasting a career record of 89-42, Allard sits only 11 wins shy of becoming 19th member in program history to achieve the triple digit career win mark.

Not only program wise but nationally as well, Allard is receiving noteworthy recognition now being the number one ranked 184 pounder in the nation.

Not stopping there, in the first NCAA Division 1 Coaches’ Panel released last week Allard ranked 11th in the nation overall.

Beginning the year, he won first place honors at the Clarion Open and The Journeymen Collegiate Classic.

Seems that ever since his opening match Allard’s been on a mission to separate himself from the competition.  

    The strong performances must continue from Allard if the Huskies hope to bounce back against Virginia Military Institute (VMI) this Friday. VMI has experienced a similar season of struggles similar to Bloomsburg, posting an overall record of 4-9, 1-1 conference record, and currently on a five-match losing streak.

Not only coming into the match ice cold, VMI also hasn’t won a match on the road at all this season (0-4) which should give the Huskies a little bolt of confidence trying to defend their home mat.

With only five matches left including the one this Friday, Bloomsburg will have to make quite the turnaround in order to make something of this season.

With VMI and next opponent Sacred Heart University  both out of conference, the Huskies possess the opportunity to increase their  out of conference win total while simultaneously building momentum for three key conference matchups to finish up the season.

 Those matchups include Cleveland State University, George Mason University, and Old Dominion University.

Bloomsburg’s journey towards a season turnaround commences at 7:00 pm inside the Nelson Fieldhouse against VMI.