Weekly Feature

2015-12-09 / Sports

Marauders look to compete with area’s best matmen

by LEVI TRIMBLE Reporter

This season, 32 Marauders will take the mat this season on a quest to show the public school and private school wrestlers of Western New York they will come to compete every time.

The team consists of only three seniors but the talent level across the board of the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Wrestling team is as strong as any team in the program’s recent history.

Leading the way this season will be the 195-pound Abraham Baker. Baker is technical and quick for his size and will be a force in the weight class.

“I believe we have the talent to again contend for league championships and for CHSAA titles,” said St. Joe’s coach Peter Kennedy. “However, the process is slow, unpredictable and will undoubtedly have bumps in the road.”

Joshua VanVessem and Eric Wilde, who compete at 182 and 285 pounds, round out the seniors.

The junior class features Griffin Cascio (182), Michael Di- Pasquale (132), Noah Emminger (220), Patrick Klopp (170), Caleb Long (145), Nick Martone (170), Freddie Nixon (220), Justin Piazza (138) and Anthony Sperrazza (113).

Klopp and Long will be captains on the team this season.

The team will consist of 13 sophomores.

Samuel Baker (106), Jacob Beals (138), Garrett Coolidge (160), Mark Craft (145), Andrew Ferguson (120), Dominyc Glabien (132), Dominic Grecco (285), Garrett House (152), Domenic Kershner (99), Donovan McCann (138), John Seibert (152), Ty Slaugenhoupt (160) and Chris Werts (113) will all look to perform and grow as these matmen will compete at both JV and Varsity levels.

The team also has seven freshman looking to earn their way onto the varsity lineup.

Karl Frankovitch (126), Enzo LaSala (99), Charles Morrison (182), Sean Murphy (195), Willie Ruch (113), Sullivan Walsh (152) and Matthew Werts (170) will all compete at both levels as freshmen.

“As displayed last year at the All-Catholic tournament, each member of the team is important. Every match matters and every team point is crucial to winning championships,” said Kennedy. “Our schedule has been developed to prepare our wrestlers for matches against rivals Canisius and St. Francis along with the All-Catholic and CHSAA tournaments.”

The team has already competed this season as they hosted Byron-Bergen of Rochester in a dual meet last week.

Byron-Bergen won the meet, defeating the Marauders, 42-33.

However, the Marauders got big wins from Sperrazza, Martone, Nixon and Baker

The team then travelled to Byron Bergen to compete in a 24-team tournament, placing fourth overall.

Garrett House was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler as he placed first in the 152 pound weight class.

Martone finished second in the 170 pound bracket while Nixon finished third.

The team’s next competition will take place Saturday at Cheektowaga High School where they will compete in a five team duals tournament.

email: ltrimble@beenews.com

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