Feb. 1, 2001
Player Diary - Toby MacDonald
January 25 - January 28, 2001
Toby MacDonald is a third year from Venice, Florida. At 12-7 overall, he is one of Virginia's most consistent wrestlers this season. He finished first overall at the Virginia Intercollegiate State Wrestling Championships after going 3-0 to earn his weight class title (133 lbs). Born in Mineola, New York, in November of 1978, Toby is the son of Helene and Bartlett MacDonald.
It was a long day and I am about ready for bed. We had a
7 am practice where we drilled and went over some things to
expect for the NC State and Duke matches on Saturday. In
the later practice we picked it up and had a good practice.
Even with all the injuries we have right now we had an
intense practice which is what we need. I was pretty fired
up and frustrated and was throwing one of the guys I was
wrestling into the wall - it happens a lot when guys are
wrestling hard in the room. Anyways, we finished practice
with some conditioning and then I got some treatment on my
knee. That's pretty much it for today...I'm just chilling
to some Ben Harper...good night.
Tomorrow is the big day...our first ACC matches of the year.
We had a relatively easy practice in the afternoon to keep
everyone fresh for the match. Afterwards, most of the guys
stuck around to lose some weight. I was pretty light all
week so my weight hasn't been that much of a problem. I'm
still a few pounds over but I'll just work out tomorrow morning before the weigh-ins.
We finished the day with a win and a loss, and I finished
the same way. We knew we had a banged-up lineup going into
the weekend, but I thought we were still better than NC
State, no matter what the score read. Besides Jimi Massey
and Greg Francesca, no one really wrestled that great...not
that anyone wrestled bad but we should have dominated some
matches and we ended up losing close matches. I won but it
should not have been that close of a match. I just couldn't get any offense going. Later that afternoon we wrestled Duke. We beat them as a team, as expected, but the
score was very close. I ended up getting in the same rut
and couldn't get my shots off. I lost a close match to a
kid that my coaches and I feel I can beat. I still have a month to work out these problems.
Today was my day of rest...almost. I went and lifted
weights in the morninig then a bunch of the guys went over
to Swella's place to watch the Super Bowl. Now I just
finished writing down some of the things I need to work on
and I set some goals for the following week. We wrestle UNC
this Saturday...I cannot stand UNC.