BY DAVID PEDERSEN
What a difference a player makes was seen when Rockford’s back to back wrestling wins last week coincided with the return from injury of Brad Johnson.
After suffering a concussion early in the season, Johnson was sidelined as the Rockets failed to capture a team victory in the first four dual meets. The senior advanced to the state tournament last season when he cleared the 100-win milestone for his career.
With Johnson healthy and back in the lineup, Rockford won dual meets over Patrick Henry 39-34 and Brooklyn Center 45-30 last week. Johnson, along with Ty Griffin and Duqueiro Cano, each posted two wins by fall.
“Without Brad in the line-up we were forced to juggle wrestlers at various weights in an effort to compliment wins expected out of Ty Griffin,” said coach Larry Hunter. “At 138 pounds, Griffin has been consistently collecting the team six points with his intense effort.”
Griffith is a senior captain who captured a state championship as a sophomore and was fifth last year despite slowed by injury.
During the two matches last week the Rockets also claimed decisions from Colton Weber, Brad Scribner and Tommy Reinking, plus wins by fall recorded by Lucas Klonne and Fordy Thorson.
Rockford will compete at the Brooklyn Center Invitational, starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4.