SELLERSVILLE - His 27-16 record last season is the first clue that something wasn't quite right for Max Schultz.
"He had so many matches where he had to default for medical reasons," Faith Christian coach Ben Clymer said. "You look at his record and you probably don't think that that's a kid that went to states. But he had a knee injury that would force him to miss matches, default matches, you name it.
"But he hung in there and did whatever had to be done to get on the mat. That says a lot about his dedication and determination. But it was tough for him in Hershey. He lost his first two matches and was eliminated, but he had leads in both of his matches. He just didn't have the conditioning that you need because he was limited because of his injury.
Jump ahead to the present and Schultz is ready and raring to go.
"I hurt my knee in December of last year and held off from having surgery until after the season," Schultz said. "I had a torn meniscus and was feeling pretty good after the surgery. Then, during soccer season in the fall I tore it again and had to have another surgery. They took all of the meniscus out, so now it can't tear anymore.
"I don't even worry about it now, I just go out and wrestle. Last year, it was on my mind a lot and made it a lot harder in a lot of my matches. I'm really glad I don't have to worry about it now."
If early indications are a sign, all of those signs are pointing up for Schultz.
On Friday, he picked up his 100th career win and is 22-3 on the season at 152 and 160 pounds.
"My goal is to get back to states and finish in the top three," Schultz said. "I learned a lot by going to states last year and that experience should help me."
Currently, Schultz is ranked No. 10 in the state at 160 in Class 2A by www.papowerwrestling.com.
"Max has the ability to get back to Hershey and get high on the podium," Clymer said. "We have a couple of guys on the team that have the ability to make it to states and it would be great to bring home some state medals.
"Faith Christian has never had a state medalist, but we're hoping that that changes this season."
Schultz is the rare state-caliber wrestler that also plays another sport, soccer in his case.
And it's not like he uses soccer to help get him ready for wrestling. He loves both sports and chuckles when asked which is his favorite.
"That's a really tough question," Schultz said. "I really can't pick between the two. I started both sports when I was really young and love them both."
With soccer season over, Schultz can put all his attention on his winter sport.
"Things have gone by so fast and now it's like all of a sudden it's my senior year and the season is half over already," Schultz said. "I worked all summer in the gym, five days a week at 6 a.m. every day, lifting and getting ready. Then I'd go to work and after work would go and practice wrestling. All of it helped me in soccer, too, but for wrestling I feel a lot stronger than last year and my endurance is so much better.
"That was a problem last season because of my knee and it's nice not to have to worry about that now. I feel good, I feel strong and I'm just trying to give everything I can in every match."