Arundel senior Tyler Goodwin’s bid for a second straight perfect season ended early this year when he lost 5-2 to Matt Kibblehouse of Salesianum (Del.) in the War on the Shore 138-pound final on Dec. 10. If the fatigue, headaches and shortness of breath he’d been experiencing early in the season weren’t enough, Goodwin’s first defeat since the 2010 Maryland 4A/3A final provided a jarring indication that his body wasn’t right.
“That’s a kid I’ve wrestled like my entire life, and I’ve never lost to him,” Goodwin said. “At the end, he used a good move and got me. I had no strength left. I just did what I could.”
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After weeks of fighting through practice on fumes and falling asleep by 7 p.m. most nights, Goodwin finally took the hint and got checked out. He was diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency and low blood sugar — conditions exacerbated by his push to cut 15 pounds early in the season to make weight at 132.
Thanks to medication and an improved diet, Goodwin is feeling better these days. The returning All-Met flashed his familiar form over the weekend, going 7-0 at Spalding’s Cavalier Duals to earn outstanding wrestler honors.
He competed at 132 and 138 and even bumped up to 145 twice during the tournament, taking down several highly ranked opponents along the way. That run included a 7-2 win over Georgetown Prep junior Daniel Sanchez, the area’s third-ranked 132-pounder.
“This weekend you could just see his energy up again,” said Arundel Coach Jim Rubush, whose team finished fourth in the event. “He’s never been a kid who’s out of shape, and earlier this year you just didn’t see that energy level with him, especially late in matches. He was his old self in this tournament.”
Early on, Goodwin (24-1) had to look for ways to conserve his energy at all costs, which often meant attempting risky moves in hopes of scoring a quick pin. He said he hadn’t felt quite right on the mat since his trip to junior nationals this summer in Fargo, N.D.
Now Goodwin — who captured the 130-pound state title last season — appreciates the chance to use all the tools that have made him a force in the state since his freshman year at Mount St. Joseph in Baltimore.
Rubush said he expects Goodwin would be favored to take the state title at either 132 or 138. The fourth-year coach wants to make sure the standout competes at the weight where he feels healthiest.
For his part, Goodwin wants to wrestle at 132 during state competition, leaving Arundel’s slot at 138 open for his younger brother, Justin. Until then, he’s happy to move between weight classes and seek out the best competition as he did over the weekend.
“I’m ready to wrestle pretty much anybody,” said Goodwin, who hopes to join his older brother, Frank, on the University of Maryland wrestling team next season. “I was miserable, and I wasn’t having any fun. Now I’m back to where I was, and it’s really exciting.”
Freedom-South Riding senior heavyweight DaQuante Timbers earned his 100th career pin Saturday in a dual match against Park View, part of a 5-0 day that led the Eagles to the championship at the Brookfield Freedom Duals.
Timbers is the first wrestler in school history to reach triple-digit pins, and while area records are incomplete, an informal survey found veteran area coaches could only remember a handful of local wrestlers who accomplished that feat during their high school careers.
“That’s a lot,” said Colonial Forge Coach Bill Swink, who has coached 12 individual state champions and 68 state medalists at Forge since the 1999-2000 season. “We’ve only had one [wrestler do it].”
Timbers, The Post’s top-ranked wrestler in the 285-pound weight class all season, has a career record of 132-11, and is three wins away from becoming Freedom-South Riding’s all-time wins leader.
He can break the record at the Valley Duals this weekend.