One of the tri-states most decorated high school wrestlers is in the midst of his final campaign on the mats at Palmyra High School during this on-going covid-19 global pandemic, and unfortunately, Ross Arch is also nursing a tough injury.
The Panther senior has recently been diagnosed with a sports hernia. He sustained the injury during their football season that saw the Panthers come within 1 victory of a berth in the class 2 state title game.
"I have a few torn muscles down by my groin hip area but some days it affects wrestling more than others," Arch said.
Although Ross returned to action on the mats this past Monday, and picked up a win over an opponent from Hannibal High, Ross knows he's far from being 100 percent.
"Some days I feel about 50 percent, some days I feel about 90 percent so you never know what you are going to get," Arch said.
For some, it would have been quite understandable for the 20-18 145 pound MSHSAA state champion to take the year off, because he has already verbally committed to Northern Illinois University. Most could say that the future huskie has nothing left to prove, but Ross, being the ultra competitor that he's been throughout his prep wrestling career, doesn't see it that way at all.
"Our team has got all the potential in the world this year so I knew if I stayed in there it would be just another piece of the puzzle that can help us win state this year," Arch said. "I think our chances are pretty high this year so I'd like to be a part of that. I'd like to win an individual and a team title this year. I'd hope to be a national champion some day and I'm just glad to be a part of a big program."