ATWATER -- Eric Osmer is numb to the misfortune.
Years off absorbing some of prep wrestling's cruelest and most unexplainable hits will do that to even the most sensitive of men.
Men like Osmer, Buhach Colony's emotional and fiery wrestling coach.
If it's not one thing, he says, it's another.
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It's hard to argue his point.
For every successful stride Buhach Colony has made as a wrestling program, there has been a contradictory clause attached to most of its postseason memories.
A big, fat "but."
A head-in-your-hands "however."
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When they get there, in Bakersfield, they never seem to be 100-percent healthy.
Daniel Osmer was bed-ridden with a 103-degree temperature before his improbable medal run in 2007. Daniel Camacho's shoulder rarely stayed in the socket in 2009.
"I'd like to just get there one year and be competitive and healthy," scoffed Osmer.
Sorry, coach, this won't be the year.
That trend will continue on Friday with Luis Bojorquez battling a collarbone injury that forced him to injury-default his final two matches at last weekend's Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament.
For the record, the other Buhach Colony wrestler in the mix, 135-pounder Mikey Guzman, is also banged up, but his injuries haven't slowed him in training.
"I think there's a little curse here. Every year, around this time, somebody gets hurt. Both me and Mikey are hurting. His shoulder came out. And then there's my collarbone," Bojorquez said.
"At this point in the season, I know what I have to do. I got to put the pain aside."
The 189-pound Bojorquez and Guzman are part of a small contingent representing Merced County in Bakersfield. The others are: Golden Valley's Ben Weber (112 pounds), Los Banos' Kendal Klette (103) and Greg Hartman (145), Livingston's Kevin Villalobos (135) and Dos Palos' DJ Quiroz (135).
Bojorquez, however, is the only question mark; listed as a game-day decision.
Bojorquez stormed through Day 1 of Masters, winning all three of his matches to claim an early entry into the state meet. But he injured his shoulder in his final match against Argonaut's Dahlton Brown on Friday, suffering what the section's athletic trainer Sherri Bristow believed was a ligament strain near the collarbone.
"She ran a battery of tests and said it was not broken," Osmer said. "He landed on his shoulder and strained some ligaments. It's not broken, but it might as well be. Those things hurt."
"I heard it pop," Bojorquez said. "And I could feel the pain shooting through my left shoulder."
He tried to dust off the pain.
The stout, blond-by-bottle junior returned to the mat on Saturday for his semifinal showdown with top-seeded Lyndell Scarr of Ponderosa, the eventual Masters champion.
Less than two minutes into the match, Bojorquez gingerly exited the circle after having his shoulder wrenched in a half-nelson and pinned.
"Yeah, I probably shouldn't have wrestled," Bojorquez said. "It made it worse."
How's that for irony: Scarr had ripped open the scar, inviting back all that pain and doubt.
"I didn't want him to wrestle that semifinal match, but he said he was good to go and he could do it," Osmer said. "That was true for about 30 seconds."
So instead of preparing Bojorquez with live-action drills and sparring, Osmer is going to invoke BC's other postseason mantra: wait and pray.
The plan, according to Osmer, is to give the collarbone time to heal. Bojorquez won't exert himself in the wrestling room this week. He'll run some, practice standup and shooting by himself, but mostly he'll be tasked to maintain his diet and watch his weight.
He attempted to wrestle with one arm on Monday, but paid the price.
"He went through the motions, one-armed," Osmer said. "It hurt him quite a bit. He was getting through it. We took it really easy on him. We're hoping he'll make weight and then play it by ear on Friday morning ... right before the first match."
To help him cope, to numb out the disappointment of another untimely injury, Osmer has turned to humor and charades.
"I'm just going to keep telling them that injuries and sickness are a state of mind," Osmer said, pausing before the punchline. "And hope they believe it."