Young Harrison wrestling team learning on the fly, and the mat

By: Mike Moore | Farmington Press | Published January 17, 2017


FARMINGTON HILLS — On a roster 20 wrestlers strong, Jon Herstein has three seniors.

Needless to say, the Farmington Hills Harrison wrestling coach is spending the season building for the future of the program.

“It’s a process right now,” Herstein said. “Another year from now, for the guys that stick with it, they have the talent to be good. And this is a group that’s bonded to form a pretty nice team that’s making this program their own.”

At press time, the Hawks were 4-7 overall in dual meets and 1-3 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

“From the start of the season until now, this team has improved tremendously,” Herstein said. “It’s such a young team, but they’ve come a long way already.”

He was also quick to credit the aforementioned seniors.

“(They) have done a real nice job of leading the team,” Herstein said of Joe Madrid (215 pounds), Austin Crutchfield (140) and Bryan Neumann (130). “All three of them have been mentors for this group.”

Learning is the key, each and every time out, the coach added.

“The match awareness and application of moves have gotten so much better,” Herstein said.  “We’re more aware of what’s going on in the match — what moves we need to do.”

And while the roster beckons all to look to the future, Herstein said there’s still plenty to accomplish this year as well.

“We want to improve, to get to a point where we’re peaking at the end of the season,” he said. “That comes down to our guys being ready and being focused every match. They have to give it their best, and if they do, we’re going to be all right at the end of the year.”