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H.S. wrestling / 2012-13 preview

Published December 13. 2012 4:00AM
Tim Martin/The Day
East Lyme's Kareem Small, front, attempts to pin Ledyard's Devon MarcAurele in the 106-pound championship match during last year's Eastern Connecticut Conference wrestling tournament. Small won the match 4-0. Both wrestlers return this season.

ECC LARGE

East Lyme

Coach: Ed Lorah (5th year)

Key returnees: Sr. Kareem Small, Jr. Chris Acquino, Jr. Andrew Lorah, Jr. Jacob Goron, So. Mason Pagan, So. Matthew Pagan, So. Kyle Bernard.

Top newcomers: So. Anthony Mason, So. T.J. Hillyer.

Outlook: The Vikings return one of the ECC's most accomplished wrestlers in Small, the reigning Class L champion who placed third in the State Open at 106 (Small will wrestle at 113 this season). East Lyme is also young, but Lorah is close to fielding a complete lineup this season and believes the Vikings will be a competitive group.

Fitch

Coach: Mark Kosman (16th year)

Key returnees: Jr. Jordan Kenyon, Sr. Sean Blais, So. Bryan Brown, So. Scott Kydd, Jr. Sam Caramante.

Top newcomers: Sr. Andrew Braman, Fr. Jake Caramante, Fr. Billy Godd, Fr. Celeb Leopard, Jr. Gabriel Madrigal, Fr. Damien DiPaolo, Fr. William Parker, Fr. Josiah Madrigal.

Outlook: Kosman has a wonderful mix of youth and experience and is anxious to see how this young team comes together as the season progresses. A large freshman class bodes well for the Falcons' future.

Ledyard

Coach: Steve Bilheimer (10th year)

Key returnees: Jr. Devon MarcAurele (126-132), Jr. Nick Lauer (132-138), Jr. Mike Graff (126-132), Sr. Matt Jones (138), Sr. Justin Timberlake (145), Sr. Brandon Finney (145), Sr. Ryan Lyons (170), Sr. Ben Morales (285).

Top newcomers: Caile Johnson (160), Jeff Csisar (152).

Outlook: The Colonels are coming off a memorable season that was capped by ECC and Class M state tournament championships. They did lose a pair of state champions in Alex Manwaring (160) and Josh Lawrence (220), as well as ECC and Class M place-winner Tom Finney (145), but Bilheimer returns enough quality talent up and down the lineup to make another run at both championships in 2012-13.

NFA

Coach: Greg Perry (1st year)

Key returnees: Sr. Cody Poirier (113), Sr. James Tramontozzi (120), Sr. Daniel Britos (132). Sr. Tyler Courter (145), Sr. Edgar Charles (160), Sr. John Crooks (195), Jr. Mitchell Grillo (126), Jr. Jaleel Bryant (152), So. Jacob Martin (106), So. Selena Berard (138), So. Abner Lugo Del Tero (170).

Top newcomers: Jr. Margaret McDonough (106), Fr. Matt Foster (106), Fr. Kiara Claiborne (120), Fr. Kyle Urbanati (170), Fr. Jessica Hynds (170), Jr. J'von Brown (285).

Outlook: Perry, a former NFA wrestler, replaces Roy Wentworth, who retired after leading the Wildcats for 13 seasons. NFA is coming off a solid 23-10 season and has tremendous depth and talent led by Courter, Charles and Crooks, all Class LL place-winners a year ago.

Waterford

Coach: Chris Gamble (13th season)

Key returnees: Sr. Russell Wade, Jr. Brentt Smith, Jr. Jimm Roscover, Jr. J.J. Crowley, So. Dillon McCarthy, So. Brian Roscover, So. Chris Leffert.

Outlook: The Lancers graduated four key seniors, including ECC champion Tom Millaras, but also lost senior Matt Tulba, the Class M runner-up at 171 last season, to an injury. Brentt Smith, an ECC and Class M place-winner, leads a solid cast of returnees, but Gamble admits depth is a concern as he tries to field a complete lineup. He also expects some newcomers to play prominent roles.

ECC SMALL

Montville

Coach: Gary Wilcox (14th year)

Key returnees: Sr. Joe Rainville (115-120), Jr. Steve Rodgers (120), So. Tom Wynosky (126), Sr. Kyle Looney (138), Jr. Jacob Caskey (132), So. Ian Concescia (152), Jr. Jacob Schmallz (160), Jr. Pat Bogan (170), Sr. McKenzie Mann (182-195), Sr. Ryan Murtha (285).

Top newcomers: So. Collin Flynn (145), Fr. Austin Concescia (145), Fr. Kevin Murtha (220).

Outlook: The Indians were 24-6 a year ago and Wilcox believes his latest group has the potential to put together another solid season. Montville has solid experience throughout the lineup with veterans like Rainville, Rodgers, Looney, Caskey, Mann and Murtha. The Indians have also dropped from Class M to Class S and could be a factor come state tournament time.

St. Bernard/Norwich Tech/Wheeler

Coach: Jonathan Torres (2nd year)

Top returnees: Sr. Victor Caille (138), Jr. John Gannon (170), Jr. Cas Wroznica (182), Jr. Nick Edwards (195) Sr. Geraldine Taranto (138).

Outlook: The Saints are now a three-school cooperative program with Norwich Tech and Wheeler, but Torres still has a small roster and will try to build some individual success as he attempts to field a complete lineup in the Small Division.

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