“Let your attitude determine your game, don’t let your game determine your attitude.” Davis Love Jr. PGA Golfer Mr. Love said a mouthful with that statement. When looking into how to make a situation better a person does not need to look far. Most of the time a mirror will suffice as the perfect tool. Having been around Knights Wrestling Coach Brandon Gruchow for several years he to uses a tool like Mr. Love and it goes like this, “control the controllables.” Coach Gruchow could bounce that in many ways but most of the time it is directed at his athletes approach towards not just wrestling but life. He is a fan of the thought that if there is one thing we can control it is the attitude we choose, pick a good one.
Tuesday, January 9 Coach Gruchow and his wrestlers put on a display in Elbow Lake dispatching the Border West Buccaneers to the tune of 67-3. The drubbing of Bucs could be argued out several ways, raw talent being one, maturity and technical advancement of the participants another but from the minute one walked through the door at the Elbow Lake Schools gymnasium a feeling of excitement was apparent. There was no mistaking what the Knight wrestling teams attitude was like that evening and the interesting fact about the high road is that it is infectious. As the team celebrated Parents Night it honored its mothers, fathers and fans with an overwhelming victory as the athletes seemed to feed off each other’s success. The Knights attitude rang clear like a bell as they controlled Coach Gruchow's controllable, it was fun to watch.
The actual dual went fairly fast. If all 14 matches were to go the distance a contest would last 84 minutes. The Knight wrestlers ended eight out of the 14 bouts by fall. In total the team wrestled just over half of the total time finishing the dual in 46 minutes and 50 seconds. That is not just a quick evening of wrestling but a dominant performance in bonus points. Looking into the scoring and bonus points a wrestler can give his team three, four, five or six team points. A decision is three. A major is four, a tech fall results in five and a fall or forfeit equal six. Should the Knights have scored decisions in the 13 matches won the score would be 39-3. The eight falls and major decision lent another 28 points to the score.
The wrestlers will commence action Thursday, January 18 when they travel to Wadena for a triangular with the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines and the Breckenridge Cowboys. Wrestling will begin at 5 pm. Friday, January 19 the team will travel to Kerkhoven for a dual tournament.