Wrestling Through It

Wolverine Wrestlers Gearing Up for 2015 Season

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Photo by PASTOR PHOTO

     As the 2014-2015 competition season for the wrestling team is nearing day-by-day, practices have begun and the team has started to focus on improving their skills.

     This season, the team has two returning district qualifiers: A.J. Vetturini (senior) and Joe Fornaro (junior) lead that group. Coach Mr. Joe Marino knows these two can make it back, once again, to districts and perhaps even advance to the state tournament. In addition, the team also sports several returning letter – winners, as well as returning sectional placers.

     However, the team faces obstacles that might hinder its ability to win matches. One such obstacle is the lack of wrestlers in some weight classes. “We have no bodies to compete in certain weight classes,” Marino explained. “Like many schools, when you’re missing wrestlers in several weight classes, it’s tough to make up for those forfeits in dual meets.”

     Coach Marino has preached a motto for this season since day one, which is, “You have the right to do more than the minimum.” He is expecting the team to give it their all and work their hardest to achieve results. “The only way to get the result you want in anything is through work, discipline and dedication. If wrestlers want to compete and succeed at an elite level, they need to control their weight, lift weights consistently, and focus on what they want.” Marino noted that from 1999 to 2011 the team had 21 state qualifiers and 9 placers. This idea was echoed by Vetturini, “We’ve struggled in the success department at the state level recently, but this year we’re looking to turn that back around.”

     There are several meets to look forward to. The team’s dual meets versus Madison, Riverside, Canfield and Maple Heights are going to be tough, as well as tournaments at Top Gun, Kenston, Perry and the final CVC tournament.

     Come out and support the Wolverines at their first meet on December 12th when they take on Warrensville Heights, Maple Heights, and Cleveland Heights at home.