The wrestling season ended with a record of 8-4 in dual meets, 3-2 in MIAA tournaments, and 5-2 in dual meet tournaments. The team experienced a rough season compared to last year, but they still managed to do well. “We had some ups and downs,” sophomore Luke Strapelli said.
According to new varsity head coach Tom Free, coaching the team was much different from his other coaching positions. He took on much more responsibility than he was used too. “It was a learning experience,” Free said.
Some wrestlers agree that Free did well as a first time head coach. “He was really good with getting us in shape,” senior Andy Millner said.
According to Free, two wrestlers stood out from the rest of the team this year, those being Millner and junior Will Molali. Millner had a unique and consistent wrestling style, while Molali made huge improvements in his wrestling all together.
The team as a whole also made improvements. “I think everyone worked incredibly hard [this year],” Free said. The effort really showed at one meet in particular: senior night against Saint Paul’s. “It was fantastic. They ranked 15th in the state,” Free said.
In the coming years, Free wishes to continue work on the wrestlers skills and build the family like environment within the team.
Katherine Grimm is a Multimedia Editor for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.