Shoes in the Center

Wrestlers End Season at Districts

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Fornaro Places 6th at District Tournament

      The Wolverine wrestling season might not have ended with a bang, yet it still was somewhat successful from an individual standpoint. Four underclassmen will all be returning as district qualifiers next season, giving the wrestlers a solid base to build upon. Freshman Anthony McFarland earned a final record of 15-25, while sophomores Evan Vetturini and Adam Williams went 17-20 and 29-14 respectively. Vetturini and Williams both went 1 – 2 at the Alliance District tournament. Joe Fornaro, a junior, finished his season with a record of 34-12. After going 2-3 at districts, Joe placed sixth in the 195 weight class, missing state by one match.

     One of the most successful wrestlers in the season was senior, AJ Vetturini, finishing with a final record of 25-7. Having placed first in last year’s sectional tournament, AJ won the tournament this year as well, wrestling in the 132 weight class. AJ’s largest struggle was maintaining his weight. He could occasionally be seen in Coach Marino’s room during lunch, chewing gum and spitting excess water from his body into a water bottle, adjacent to a toppling pile of gum wrappers. AJ finished his career as a 2x sectional champion, 1x district placer, a 1x CVC champion and topped it off with 87 victories.

     In summary of the season, Coach Marino said, “We’ll just have to wait for next year to see if these guys want to get to the state tournament.” “Adam and Evan had a taste of what districts were like, and even won a match. Hopefully this indicator of where they are as individuals will help motivate them for next year. Wrestling is a simple sport. The amount of success one has is directly related to how much training a kid is willing to do in the off season. That is what we’ve been missing in this program the past three years; everyone works hard during the season. We’ll see how this group responds over the next 10 months. We have some talent in the room. Unfortunately, it’s just not that simple on the varsity in Northeast Ohio.”