Three Rivers’ Shawn Brew won’t be on the mat Thursday when the Wildcats head to Vicksburg for a key Wolverine Conference wrestling match. What’s unclear at the moment is just when the 160-pound senior will be back in action.
Ranked 10th in the state at 160 pounds in Division 2 by MichiganGrappler.com, Brew injured his knee at Saturday’s tournament at Niles Brandywine. The Wildcats finished 4-1 overall, with Brew finished the day undefeated and in increasing pain.
“It didn’t feel like much at all [when it happened], so I kept going and didn’t think second about it,” said Brew, who has a 20-4 record this season. “After the tourney it started to lock up, and Sunday morning when I woke up it was swollen and hurt to bend.
“I wanted to give it a couple days to see if maybe it would feel better but it was even worse [Monday].”
Brew met with doctors and was told it was likely a torn medial meniscus ligament. An MRI is scheduled for Thursday. In a lot of cases, torn tissue can be surgically removed and recovery time can be a month or less, which would mean Brew could return in time for districts. Brew won’t know how long he’ll be sidelined until the results come in.
“I’m really anxious to get them,” said Brew, who has signed to play baseball at Grace College. “Hopefully we get them back within a day with some good news.”