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January 18, 2014

Harold Raker's high school wrestling column: Mifflinburg's Murray happily returns

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"But I totally focused on my family and growing myself in other areas," he said.

For his second tenure, he has a bit different philosophy. "I realize that I'm here to help kids achieve their goals, not mine. It's about focusing on the best performances and everything you have every match, and that's all I care about. Whatever happens, happens -- that's my approach. My goals are 'what do you guys want to do?' It's a little more laid-back.''

The former two-time state medalist at Jersey Shore said there is one area that needs to improve and which would pay dividends yet this season.

"We're looking for consistency. They might knock off a kid maybe above their skill level and then they might drop off the next match and lose to a kid that is a little under their skill level," Murray said.

"That's what we have to get and we'll get that by the end of the year," he said.

The Wildcats are 6-6 after a tough loss at Shikellamy on Thursday and in the mix to be part of a tough Class AA field for the District 4 Duals Championships later this month.

"We've got to get everybody healthy and wrestling at their top level," Murray said.

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Speaking of Jersey Shore, the school's wrestling association was active last year in the successful Operation Save Wrestling campaign to persuade the International Olympic Committee to keep the sport in the Games. They had T-shirts reading "Wrestlers Never Quit."

Ironically, that was what the Shikellamy wrestlers did in order to prevail over Murray's squad in Thursday's Heartland Athletic Conference Division I match.

If every Wildcat wrestler who had a Brave on his back that night had been able to finish the job, Mifflinburg would have claimed victory.

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